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Consultation On Future Of North Yorkshire Libraries

Consultation On Future Of North Yorkshire Libraries

Published by Karen Liu at 11:11am 24th February 2020. (Updated at 11:16am 24th February 2020)

North Yorkshire County Council is consulting on the future direction of its libraries.

Residents are being invited to have their say on the way forward for the next ten years, and today is the last day to do that.

Since 2012, there has been a shift to partnerships with communities and volunteers in delivering library services and an expansion of the activities and facilities libraries offer.

This has led to strong performances, innovation and national recognition as many libraries have established themselves even more deeply as hubs within their communities.

Now, North Yorkshire residents are being urged to take part in a consultation to agree a strategy, ‘Your library, your place’, to guide libraries into the future.

People can have their say online at www.northyorks.gov.uk/yourlibraryyourplace.

The new strategy recognises the changes of the past decade and has been developed with partners, volunteers and other stakeholders.

It demonstrates the council’s commitment to continue investing in libraries as a community resource able to support its ambitions for North Yorkshire.

Its aim is to provide an ambition for libraries rather than to revisit the delivery model and it acknowledges that without the support of more than 2,000 volunteers and others the service as it exists today would not be possible.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said:

“We have a family of libraries in North Yorkshire that nurture opportunities through access to ideas, imagination and connections.

This family includes volunteers, charities, partner organisations, parish and town councils, all of whom are involved in delivering services.

We recognise the huge contribution in time, energy, commitment and fundraising efforts of community library groups, which together with the staffing, infrastructure and financial support from the County Council is critical in keeping all our libraries open.

The strategy shows how working together the service as a whole can develop and remain relevant to the communities served by our libraries.

It focuses on four core objectives: literacy and learning; health and wellbeing; digital; and communities. These are set against key outcomes of raising aspirations, stimulating enjoyment of culture and helping people live independent lives.”

After the consultation ends, the results will be discussed at the full council meeting in May.

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zara, on 24th February 2020 12:30pm
what they actually mean is that the council would have closed all the libraries by now if they had to fund them but still want to have overall say in what happens!! As for consultation means they have already made their decision but want the little people to think they matter! Yes, i am a cynic...

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