Libraries Strategic Review Needs Assessment approved by Council Cabinet

Thu 13 Jul 2017

Yesterday (Wednesday 12 July) Council Cabinet approved the Libraries Strategic Review needs assessment recommendations.

The report considered by Cabinet Members at this evening’s meeting included proposals for the future of the Central Library building, practical arrangements for Community Managed Libraries such as leaseswhat they would be expected to provide, how they can continue to work with other local libraries, an average £17,500 annual grant to each Community Managed Library and possible enhanced packages of support (package onepackage two); alongside details of which libraries the Council will continue to run.

In accordance with the Council’s constitution there will now be a short standstill period during which councillors can challenge the decision. Following this the Council can start implementation from Monday 24 July, if the decision is not challenged.

More information will be available to those interested in volunteering to support a Community Managed Library towards the end of this month, subject to the decision not being challenged. A series of information events are planned to take place in August, where specialist advice will be on hand for individuals and groups to learn more.

UPDATE - Tuesday 25 July

Detailed information was due to be made available to those interested in putting forward proposals for, or volunteering to support, a Community Managed Library (CML) this week.

Due to the decision being called-in the Council’s constitution states that implementation must halt and the information cannot now be made available until after the matter is considered by Executive Scrutiny Board on Tuesday 1 August, subject to the outcome of this meeting.

Information about the Libraries Strategic Review: New Service Delivery Model can be found here.

Further details will be published on this website.

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