Council to Consider Changes to Library Services


Published Thursday 17 April 2014


On 28 April the Council’s Cabinet will consider a report on the future of library services in the Vale.


No libraries will close under the proposals. Instead the Council is considering working in partnership with community groups and volunteers to broaden the use of libraries.


Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of the Council, said: “No changes to library services in the Vale have been agreed. However, due to the financial pressure that we are currently facing, Cabinet will later this month be considering a report on the future of libraries in the Vale. No library closures are being proposed.


The proposed changes that will be given consideration are the result of an in-depth review of the library service and have been shaped by a programme of consultation with both library users and library staff. Following consideration by Cabinet the report will then be referred to the Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee for their comment. Further engagement with the local community will also be required.”


Following the review the Council has begun to have preliminary discussions with library staff about what the changes, if implemented, could mean for them. Cllr Moore said: “It is our policy to engage with staff at the earliest opportunity on issues that may affect them. For this reason library managers have had some initial discussions with staff.


In the event of any change to how library services are delivered we will work very hard to ensure that any impact on staff is minimal."