CORFE Castle Community Library will be “up and running” during 2013, volunteers behind the project insist.

Friends of Corfe Castle Community Library committee spokesman Angelika Seik said: “We had a very encouraging meeting with Dorset County Council and the Dorset Library Service. We have come to the conclusion that with our mutual determination and a positive attitude, we could have Corfe Castle Community Library up and running during 2013.

“It has also been agreed that our happy band of volunteers could start opening the library for extra hours on Friday afternoon.”

This extra opening time, from 2-4pm, starts on December 7.

Angelika said: “We want to encourage as many people as possible to come. The volunteers will also provide some Christmas activities, both for adults and children.”

Corfe’s library was set to close because of county budget cuts. However, county hall agreed to allow it, alongside seven other county libraries, to become ‘community libraries’ earlier this year.