Why is the Council making changes to the library service?
The Vale of Glamorgan Council is, like all councils, facing significant financial pressure due to cuts in public sector funding. We estimate that around £25 million will need to be saved over the next three years. The Vale Council is currently reshaping its services to mitigate against this financial pressure. All services are being reviewed and many are likely to be affected as a result.
In recent years the Vale’s library service has seen a decline in both visitor numbers and book issues. This reflects a national trend as reading habits change and more people access books and library services online.
In light of this on-going reduction in the number of library users, and the effect technology is having on how libraries are run today, a review of the Vale of Glamorgan’s library service was undertaken in November 2013. The aim of this review was to develop a viable library service for the future.
The review produced a new library strategy. The strategy strikes a balance between helping the library service to reduce costs and helping it to evolve and remain a vibrant community resource. We aim to avoid library closures, which have been seen in neighbouring counties.
‘Business as usual’ is simply not an option in the current financial climate and the strategy presents a fundamental change to how some services are delivered. It also proposes a change in library opening hours.
Full details of the proposals were set out in the Council's library strategy.