About this cause
Levenshulme Old Library closed its doors in February 2016 and ceased to operate as a library. Despite the disappointment that was felt within the local community no immediate future had been prepared for the building by Manchester City Council (MCC). There was a real risk that a valuable local asset might go to waste and whilst we saw the opening of the new library in the Arcadia Leisure Centre a few months later there was still no idea what was going to happen to the beautiful, 1905, old Carnegie library building. Our mission is to turn the library into an affordable community arts space for the purpose of education, recreation and social welfare. In order to achieve our mission we have drawn up a strategic vision for the library in which we outline short and medium term objectives.
How this cause brings people in the community together
We foresee a strong, sustainable future for the building enabling us to deliver a thriving space that will be of benefit to the diverse communities of Levenshulme and beyond. Numerous studies have shown the health and social benefits that arts can bring to communities. Our vision for the building will, we believe, improve wellbeing and cohesion of all the communities that live in the local area.