Why do we need Libraries Unlimited to run the library service?

We think that as a new organisation Libraries Unlimited is the best way to deliver modern vibrant and sustainable libraries for Devon.

Libraries Unlimited is a new, independent mutual organisation and provides a range of freedom, flexibility and opportunity that isn’t available to a local authority. We think that these flexibilities and freedoms will allow the new organisation to be more innovative, more collaborative and more able to capitalise on funding and income generating opportunities – all of this will help secure the future of Devon’s libraries and realise the £1.5million saving the service needs to make.

We carried out extensive consultation with Devon’s residents during 2014, and they told us that they valued their local libraries, wanted them to be run by paid staff and wanted to do more to support libraries.

The new organisation will enable libraries to continue to be run by paid staff and enable communities to have greater involvement.