Why will Libraries Unlimited be a mutual?

We have learned a lot in the last few months about Public Service Mutuals and their benefits. We took part in the Government’s Mutual Support Programme and have learned a lot from colleagues in York and Suffolk where the library service is run by independent public sector mutual.

We think that the mutual model, based on staff and community ownership, puts those who have a vested interest in the organisation’s success and care deeply about the public library service at the centre of the organisation. A mutual enables greater involvement of and accountability to those who benefit from the service, retaining community focus and social value at its core.