Shropshire Libraries are consulting on a new draft Library Services Strategy for ten weeks from Wednesday 26th July. Both Gobowen Library and the Selattyn Mobile service are referred to in the draft Strategy.
The strategy sets out the Council’s vision to unlock the huge potential that library services have to impact positively on individuals lives. It also recognises that this is a challenging time for library services – traditional usage has been declining in recent years, the way that people use library services is shifting, and the financial situation remains difficult.
The strategy sets out a hierarchy of library services provision and describes how the Council can meet its statutory requirements to provide a “comprehensive and efficient library service for all persons” by providing:
- Static library provision within six Tier 1 locations – Library Hubs – and seven Tier 2 locations Community Libraries.
- 277 Mobile Library stops, principally responding to challenges of an ageing population and access to services in a rural context.
- Digital library services including 24-hour access to a range of lending and information resources
The strategy does not set out to close any existing libraries, but it does recognise the need to provide a framework that allows future investment and revenue support to be prioritised.
An online survey is available at https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/ (click on the Get Involved page) and paper copies of the survey will be available from your libraries and mobile libraries.