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Girl choosing a book in a libraryLibrary Strategy Consultation

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has undertaken a programme of public engagement on three proposed changes to the library service in the Vale.

For information on library services in the Vale please visit the page below.

 

Vale of Glamorgan Library Services

 

 

  

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.

 

Consultation

A public consultation on proposed changes to Library Services took place between October and December 2014. There were three parts to the consultation. Residents were invited to share their views on the proposed changes to library opening hours, the establishment of community led libraries and the proposed relocation of St Athan Library. During this period a series of drop-in sessions took place in all Vale libraries giving staff, residents and other key stakeholders the opportunity to have their say on the proposals

 

Results

Following approval by the Counci's Cabinet in March 2015 the opening hours for the four main libraries in Barry, Penarth, Llantwit Major and Cowbridge, have been reduced. Organisations were asked to submit expressions of interest to run the five smaller libraries earmarked for transfer to the community by 18 May 2015. Following the deadline for submission, at least one expression of interest was received for each of the five libraries, Dinas Powys, Rhoose, Sully, St Athan and Wenvoe. The Vale of Glamorgan Council is now working with each community group to help them develop a detailed business case. This will be the basis on which the final decision on transferring each library will be taken

 

 

 

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