Plan for Libraries: Providing a citywide network of quality libraries


One of the main aims of our draft Plan for Libraries is to ensure that everyone is within two miles of a modern, fully equipped library that offers the same quality experience and facilities as all the others.

Many of our current buildings are not fit-for-purpose and have little or no scope for improvement – meaning we cannot offer the services our customers expect and deserve.

During the recent Library Conversation it was clear that people value free access to books but they are increasingly looking for other services, with many saying would use the following in the future:

  • help with job seeking (72 per cent)
  • digital skills training (71 per cent)
  • access to Council services (63 per cent)
  • health information (62 per cent)

Our plan is to invest in a smaller but better network so that whichever library building you visit it will be clean, bright, welcoming and well-staffed, with free access to at least 12 computers, free Wi-Fi and flexible meeting spaces.

Skilled and friendly staff at all our libraries will offer expert help with job seeking (including job clubs), improving your digital skills, using and contacting Council services and finding information on staying healthy and well.

And we will continue to work with our partners to build on the advice and support we offer and provide a varied programme of activities and events for customers of all ages.

To view the full proposals and share your comments see our Plan for Libraries page.