KEIGHLEY Library could become a ‘community hub’ as part of plans unveiled by Bradford Council.

Provision at the North Street building would be expanded to offer a wider range of council and community-sector services.

Similar proposals have been put forward for the libraries in Shipley and Bradford city centre.

The planned move is part of a package of measures being drawn-up as the council faces having to slash nearly £1 million from its libraries budget in the next 12 months.

A series of public events is being staged to outline the proposals, including one at Keighley Library this Saturday, at 10am.

A council spokesman said: “There are no current proposals to change the provision and number of council-run and community-managed libraries across the district. It is our ambition to retain all existing premises.

“The hubs will become a focal point for local activities and services – the facilities will be accessible to the community, with more of a focus on ‘multi-purpose’ use.”

It is expected that staff across the service will face the brunt of the cuts, through job losses.

The council has also revealed its museums plans.

It says the aim is to retain all four of the existing museums and galleries it runs, including Cliffe Castle in Keighley.

But to achieve that, it is intended to cut opening hours at Bradford Industrial Museum and Bolling Hall in the city.

And it is proposed that “increased commercial opportunities” be developed across the museums and galleries service.

Events outlining the museums plans will include a session at Cliffe Castle, in Spring Gardens Lane, on Sunday, at 2pm.

Further efficiencies have been identified through the merger of the libraries, and museums and galleries, services.