Libraries - a formula for change

Councils should take a hard look at the service, map out what the library service provides and shouldn't assume everyone knows, says Sue Charteris.

25 September 2013

Writing in the Guardian, Sue Charteris goes on to say, ‘Library buildings should also be examined to see whether they are still fit for purpose and if other venues nearby, with good transport links, might be more suitable.’

She outlines ways in which councils should consult with the wider community to draw up plans for change, and suggests a range of partners the library service could work with.
 
She also lists co-location with other services, joint ventures with other councils and private sector service management as options as local authorities come to terms with the need for change.

Read the article via the link on the right. You can also assess the trend towards co-location from the analysis of new library buildings and refurbishments prepared by Designing Libraries, which can be downloaded from this page.

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