We consulted communities about the future of Devon’s library service. The consultation ran from 17 April and closed on 17 July 2014.
Plans to set up a new independent organisation to run Devon’s libraries have been agreed. The new community-owned ‘mutual’ would be commissioned by Devon County Council to run the library service on its behalf. Similar models are successfully running library services in other parts of the country and saving council taxpayers’ money.
You can keep up to date with all the latest information about the project by visiting the Future Libraries website.
April marks the start of a bright future for Devon’s libraries as a new and independent organisation operating outside of the County Council. Read the latest press release and visit the new Libraries Unlimited website.
Twelve communities across Devon have been chosen to take part in our community pilot to test how they can work in partnership with us to support their local libraries and expand the services they provide.
Those chosen include Ashburton, Bampton, Bovey Tracey, Braunton, Colyton, Dartmouth, Ivybridge, Kingskerswell, Moretonhampstead, Ottery St Mary, Salcombe and Torrington.
Topsham Library has been working with the Estuary League of Friends and will also form part of the pilot.
Over the next twelve months these communities will help us shape the new organisation and try out new ways of involving local people so they can have more say on how their library is run.