A 2020 Vision for a Library and Information Service

Read a transcript of Edwina Hannaford's video talking about the library vision.

The 2020 Vision for the Library and Information Service outlines the vision for the future service that will deliver the statutory obligation for Cornwall Council and provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all residents and visitors.

Public libraries are not dying out but they are re-inventing themselves. In Cornwall we will work with a number of key principles that will help not only sustain but develop the service. These principles include partnership working, accessibility, and services delivered in line with local need.

The key principle of this Vision is to prioritise working with a number of disadvantaged groups in communities. These groups include people living in deprivation, the socially isolated and those that need access to welfare benefits and need extra support.

As Cornwall Council Officers we are keen to have a library offer in each of the community network areas. We have produced a county-wide Community Need Summary Table, that primarily focusses on deprivation and need. This data  was presented to Cabinet in March 2018 along with the vision. The priority for the Service moving forward is to ensure our limited resources are focussed on deprivation and in particular children living in low income families.

The Library interactive mapping with layers displaying the deprivation data is now available. You can find the area that you are interested in by entering a place ie towns and villages, street or postcode.

Follow this link for the Library Interactive Mapping

Cornwall Council strives to meet the needs of computer users with visual impairment or other conditions that limit accessibility. Due to the graphic-intensive nature of these interactive mapping websites, these maps of Cornwall cannot be presented in an accessible format. If you would like assistance with this please contact the Cornwall Council Geographic Information Services (GIS) team at gis@cornwall.gov.uk.