Responsibility for libraries previously managed by Carillion could be brought in-house, as councils continue to deal with the multinational’s recent liquidation.

Harrow Council announced that it will take over the six libraries in the borough for the foreseeable future in order to ensure the continuation of their services.

It comes after concerns were raised about the libraries’ situations following Carillion’s collapse on January 15.

The council will take responsibility for the time being, as it continues to search for the best way to take things forward – be that with an alternate services provider or through in-house management.

Sue Anderson, responsible for community, culture and resident engagement, said: “We’re making sure our libraries aren’t affected by the collapse of Carillion.

“Right now, we’re taking the libraries in-house because that is the best way for us to take care of staff and keep services running normally.

“I’m proud of the commitment our staff have shown in difficult circumstances and I’m pleased to show our council’s unwavering commitment to them and the library service.”

Three days after Carillion’s compulsory liquidation was confirmed, a council cabinet meeting addressed the issue.

It agreed to secure “the most efficient and high quality library services in the future” by ending the deal with Carillion and assessing the options available.

Prior to the collapse, the council had intended to renew its contract with Carillion for a further five years, starting in September 2018.

But, in light of developments, it moved to ensure that it is “business as usual” at the libraries in the borough.

This includes the refurbishment at Kenton Library, which will be unaffected and is scheduled to reopen on March 1.