Why are you looking to change library services in Devon?

The proposals are a response to the changing ways that people are using libraries and to the budget pressures faced by all councils. While book-lending remains a core part of our service, rapidly changing technology means that more people are using the library service to access reading material and information in new formats and online. Our libraries also play an increasingly large role in supporting the independence and wellbeing of individuals and communities through initiatives such as Books on Prescription and Free Fridays. By changing the way in which the service is delivered we can meet these new demands and build on the wider potential of libraries to support communities to develop their skills and capacity. The proposals put forward will allow us to work together with communities to meet local needs combined with the need to make further budget savings.