LIBRARIES across the Dudley borough are to receive a boost in staff numbers, in a bid to improve footfall, security and customer service.

Coseley, Cradley, Gornal, Long Lane, Lye, Netherton and Wordsley libraries will receive more staff so that at least two librarians will be on duty at any one time.

Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), which runs libraries across the borough, put the boost into force on July 1 to end lone working for staff.

Diana Edmonds MBE GLL’s Director of Libraries, said: "“GLL is a very experienced public libraries operator that specialises in keeping libraries open and increasing footfall. We do this by making spaces more welcoming and attractive with lots of book stock and community activities.

“Customers and staff tell us that buzzy libraries with loads going on are the way to make sure we are serving local communities properly. So we are doing just that through boosting frontline staff.

“This is the just the latest improvement we are bringing to Dudley libraries to ensure they thrive into the future.”

GLL, a charitable social enterprise, took over the running of Dudley's libraries from the council in 2017 on a five year contract.