MARYHILL Libary is "likely" to move from its historic building to Glasgow Club, the council leader has revealed. 

Susan Aitken reassured that the building, which has been serving the community for more than 100 years, will not be "left to rot". 

The facility will, instead, be put to new use after the Langside councillor told how it is in "poor condition".

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Writing on Twitter, Aitken said: "Maryhill Library is not closing - it’s just moving, likely across the road to the Glasgow Club.

"Of course, it’s a bit sad when a service has to move from a historic building. But it’s the service that matters and we’re committed to restarting that ASAP.

"We don’t move services without a good reason. The current building is in very poor condition, which might be why it’s one of the least used libraries in the city. The move will make the service more welcoming to more people in an accessible, flexible space."

The model of relocating city libraries with other Glasgow Life services has been seen elsewhere in the city, such as in Pollok and the Bridge in Easterhouse. 

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Aitken added: "That doesn’t mean the old building will be left to rot. Glasgow Life will work with the community to identify new uses and secure the necessary funding to bring the building up to standard.

"That will take time. But Maryhill will still have a library service."

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It comes after the community hit back at the announcement earlier this week, with thousands signing online petitions against the North Glasgow venue's closure. 

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In August last year, the council leader promised that there would be no closures of city amid the coronavirus crisis.

She wrote in our paper: "Despite what some Glasgow Times readers may have heard in the past week, there are no plans to close any of Glasgow’s libraries. 

“And no libraries will remain closed for any longer than is absolutely necessary. I say that as leader of the City Council on whose behalf Glasgow Life delivers its services. 

“Public libraries have been at the heart of this city’s communities for the last 150 years, founded on a powerful sense of equity and justice and built on the principle that no-one should be excluded from making a better life because they did not have the means to access the power of reading, information and discovery. 

“That remains as true today as it did for our Victorian ancestors.”