Update on the Alternative delivery of the library and information service: 14 March 2017

The Communities Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) will be meeting on 14 March to consider the next steps in the future delivery of Library and Information Services.

You can view the PAC report on our website: Communities PAC, Neighbourhoods and Public Protection - Alternative Service Delivery of Library and Information Services Update (Item 10)

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You will see, within the PAC report, and may already know, that Callington Information Service and Falmouth Library have already transferred to their respective town councils, and Bodmin Library has moved to Chy Trevail and is now open.

Many other sites are progressing well including Falmouth Information Service, and Penryn Library which will both transfer when building work is complete. In addition to this there are ongoing discussions for many of the other Library and Information sites:

  • Camborne Library
  • Camelford Library/Information Service
  • Hayle Library/Information Service
  • Helston Library/Information Service
  • Launceston Library/Information Service
  • Liskeard Library
  • Looe Library/Information Service
  • Lostwithiel Library
  • Newquay Library/Information Service 
  • Perranporth Library
  • Redruth Library/Information Service
  • Saltash Library/Information Service
  • St Agnes Library
  • St Austell Library
  • St Columb Library
  • St Ives Library/Information Service
  • St Just Library
  • Torpoint Library
  • Truro Library
  • Wadebridge Library/Information Service

Work is continuing to develop alternative solutions for the remaining sites in Bude, Callington (library), Fowey, Padstow and Par, with discussions underway for St Keverne and Upton Cross.

We remain grateful to our town and parish councils, and community groups, for working so positively with us to secure local services for their communities.

The PAC report also includes an update on the financial aspect of the programme, which covers the approved savings in the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) of £1.550 million for the Library and Information Service, which are due to be delivered in the 2016/17 financial year. However, it is anticipated that the full savings will not now be fully realised until 2018/19.

Further details of the financial update are available in the full PAC report

You may find the map of all sites in Cornwall showing their current status helpful. 

We do not wish to reduce any library services and are working creatively with partners to find solutions in all areas to be able to maintain a level of service; however, with continued Government funding cuts, we all have to accept that Council services must change to deliver the savings.

This is a time of great change for everyone and I want to thank our library and information services staff once again for their continued patience, professionalism and hard work throughout what is for them an unsettling time.

Best wishes

Geoff Brown
Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Communities