Consultation (closed)

The Devon Libraries consultation has now closed.

The consultation ran from 17 April and closed on 17 July 2014. Thank you to everyone who participated in the consultation.

All responses will now be considered and used to inform Devon County Council’s decision making process on the future strategy for the library service. Further information on the next stages with the strategy and a summary of the feedback received during the consultation will be published on this website in the autumn.

Introduction

Devon’s libraries offer a wide range of services, are highly valued by the people who use them and have modernised in recent years to keep pace with local demand and need. However, given the continued need to reduce budgets, we now need to consider how best to develop the service in future.

We have developed seven proposals for the future of Devon Libraries which have been influenced by a range of factors, including the:

  • changing use of libraries, with a decline in traditional book-lending services
  • rapidly changing technological landscape and our customers’ expectations that services should be available online and in a range of formats
  • wider potential of libraries to support communities to develop skills and capacity
  • need to make further budget savings.

We have reduced our budget by £3 million (30%) over the past three years by reducing:

  • management and support services by over 30%
  • opening hours by 16%
  • investment in new books and other resources by 30%.

We now have to make an additional £1.5 million savings between 2014/15 and 2016/17. The proposals we have developed could deliver the required savings; provide a good spread of locations across Devon where high-quality and modern library services would be integrated with other complementary services and encourage communities to maximise the use and impact of their local library in the future.