Issue details

Review of Library Offer

To consider reviewing service levels and forms of service delivery for library services in areas of reduced demand. Options will include:


a.   reducing opening hours, removing the rural Mobile Library service and other logistical changes


b.   Using the Community Hubs programme to accelerate options to share space and bring services together under one roof so that services in communities are maintained more economically


Relevant community and staff consultation will be undertaken and wherever possible staff savings will be through natural turnover. The service priority will be to protect and support those most vulnerable in our communities.


The Cabinet Member for Safer Stronger Communities will be asked to approve options from those which are developed.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 30/07/2019

Decision due: December 2019 by Cabinet

Lead member: Councillor Duncan Crow

Lead director: Executive Director Place Services

Contact: Lesley Sim, Head of Libraries, Heritage and Registration Email: Tel: 0330 022 24786.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities via the author of officer contact by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.


Service users, elected members and staff and the Environment Communities and Fire Select Committee.

Democratic Services Contact: Erica Keegan - 033022 26050

Background3: A Strong, Safe and Sustainable Place


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