Consultation closes on draft Plan for Libraries

Almost 3,750 responses were received as part of our recent consultation on proposals to modernise Plymouth’s library services. 

Our draft Plan for Libraries aims to make better use of resources and meet customers’ needs in more flexible ways.

It includes proposals to invest in a smaller but better network of libraries so that they are all welcoming, vibrant, well-staffed and fully equipped.

We plan to support this with improved outreach services, working with other organisations to deliver sessions at places and times that are convenient for residents, as well as improve our selection of eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines.

Consultation closed on 19 April and all feedback is now being processed and analysed ahead of a scrutiny review of the proposals in May.

A report outlining the consultation findings will be published as part of the review, where a cross-party panel of councillors will discuss the future of the service with members of the public, partner agencies and other councillors.

Recommendations from the review will help to inform the final Plan for Libraries, which will be considered by Full Council in early July.

Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to share their views – this not only helps us to understand how people feel about the proposals but also ensure we are considering everything when we are developing our final plan.”

Anyone who would like to submit evidence for the scrutiny review has until Wednesday 26 April.