Lauder library given grant to help cover cost of bills

Lauderdale Library.
Lauderdale Library.

Lauderdale Library is to be given money from the town’s common good fund to help it keep on top of its running costs.

The library, housed in the old jail at Lauder, is staffed by a 10-strong team of volunteers and draws bookworms from Oxton, Lauder, Blainslie and the surrounding area.

The facility is funded primarily by Scottish Borders Council’s community enhancement trust, but due to the rising cost of water, electricity and insurance, its running costs have exceeded what the library receives.

Since October 2016, the library has been given £1,300 by the council, but it needs an extra £734 to keep its lights on.  

Speaking at a meeting of the Lauder common good fund committee last week, Leaderdale and Melrose councillor David Parker said: “The background behind this is there was a fund in Lauder for the library at one time. It was a fund for other cultural things, but ultimately, many years ago, the community agreed it should go towards a library and the school.

“The fund didn’t realise an awful lot of money for some time, and then when we were looking to shift the fund, in terms of moving council financial managers to increase the amount of money we made, the school dropped out of the fund voluntarily.

“The money, which includes an endowment of about £32,000 in capital, I think, was to be used solely to pay the running costs of the library, but no one has ever quite done that, so we make up the shortfall from the common good.

“It’s now changed slightly in that when the reorganisation happened, it went into the wider Lauderdale pot.

“The Lauder library fund trust was moved into the community enhancement fund and has been ring-fenced for that purpose.”

Following that discussion, councillors voted unanimously to grant the library funding of £734.