August 10, 2011 Leave a comment
Last Friday, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and the Local Government Group released a joint report on the future of libraries – ‘Future Libraries: Change, options and how to get there’. The report highlights some of the innovative ways that local authorities are modernising library services.
You may remember that the Museums Libraries and Archives Council have previously praised Barnet’s strategic library review, describing it as ‘impressive’. So it is no surprise that much of what is recommended in the joint report mirrors what we plan to do in Barnet.
The report’s recommendations include:
- running library services with other council or community services
- sharing back office costs with neighbouring boroughs
- partnering with the private and third sectors
- involving the local community with the running of local library services.
We plan to improve library based access to other council services and run two link libraries – Grahame Park and Child’s Hill – integrating library services within other public services.
We are in discussion with a neighbouring borough to share library support services and costs
During the public consultation the idea of providing library services from shops was discussed, and while this idea was ridiculed by some, it is now recommended by the report.
We have also given the community the opportunity to come up with ideas for running community library services in Friern Barnet and Hampstead Garden Suburb.
You can read more about the joint report on the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council’s website.