The council’s executive members have approved revised proposals that will make library services more efficient.
Under the plans, up to 40 smaller libraries will be run by their local communities, with the council continuing to staff 15 larger libraries in central locations.
What were the revised proposals?
Having considered the feedback received during the a 13-week libraries consultation, the County Council has made a number of changes to its original proposals, which are still available to view online.
Under the new proposals, there will continue to be 15 council-staffed libraries, as well as a wide range of online services, such as e-books and audio books.
Targeted services will also continue, like the home library service for those unable to visit the nearest alternative because of disability, age, ill health or caring responsibilities.
These will be complemented by up to 40 community-run libraries and more than 200 mobile library stops.
It is proposed that the deadline for communities to express an interest in running their own library be extended to Friday 31 January 2014.
So far, there have been expressions of interest for 25 existing libraries, as well as seven communities wanting to create brand new facilities.
If you are interested in taking over or volunteering at your local library, you can find further details in the relevant information pack available via the library information packs web page.
The new proposal also included a transition period, giving communities the time they need to firmly establish their own facilities. Throughout this period, affected libraries will remain open at reduced hours.
The packs below contain details on the proposals for Tiers 1, 2 and 3, as well as background information on each site.
Definition for each tier outlined within the library consultation proposals.
Details of the original library service proposals, published at the start of the libraries consultation in July 2013. Following the consultation, revised proposals have since been published online.