Future libraries: community groups invited to help shape libraries in Cambridgeshire

Key stakeholders and library users are set to have their say about how to sustain, improve and develop Cambridgeshire’s library service as the County Council starts a series of future-focused workshops.

It marks the beginning of work by the Council to engage with the residents of Cambridgeshire on how the service, already widely recognised as a leading innovator, can best meet the challenges of a growing and changing population, new development and tight public finances, and harness technological advances to meet library users’ changing needs and demands.

The first set of workshops will be held in libraries across the county from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August, with a range of dates and venues to provide as many opportunities as possible for stakeholders to have their say.

Further workshops will be held in September as well as additional opportunities to get involved, including more localised discussions where requested. Information collected during this engagement phase will inform a set of options for the service which will then be put out to formal consultation in the future.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shutersaid “We want to explore ideas to improve the service our libraries provide to residents and find new ways to meet changing needs. We are starting this process with no blueprint but a strong commitment to listen to the community’s ideas and suggestions. We’ll use this to inform our work and define together how libraries can achieve long-term sustainability and continue to thrive.”

The Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) recently published ‘Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016 to 2021’which sets out the Government’s ambition for public libraries for the next five years. The Council is using this as a framework to refresh its own strategy for the Library Service over the coming months.

For the full list of workshops' dates and venues, please click here.

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