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.
The deadline for communities to express an interest in running their own library was extended to Friday 31 January 2014. The County Council received bids for for all 30 of the existing libraries that were offered to communities, whilst a further seven communities came forward wanting to create brand-new facilities.
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.
Community Hub Application Pack
Communities submitting successful expressions of interest have been asked to make an application for revenue and or capital funding using the Community Hub Application Pack (PDF).
This pack details the financial offer to communities and the support available to sustain library services in Tier 3 communities.
The application form is contained within the pack. Linked to the pack is an Income and Expenditure 5 Year Financial Plan (Excel document) and a Model Heads of Terms (PDF).
Completed applications must be received by 31 March 2014. All submissions will be assessed by an Evaluation Panel by the end of April 2014 and community groups will be notified of decisions by Friday 2 May 2014.
All successful submissions need to be implemented and operational between 6 May 2014 and 31 March 2015.
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.