We are considering making some potential changes to the future delivery of library services in your community and across Somerset. These draft proposals were the subject of a Public Consultation from 29 January to 13 June 2018 and this is now closed to further responses.
We stress that no decisions about the future delivery of library services in any community have been taken at this time and the results of the consultation will be taken into account in our decision-making.
The dates and timescales set out below may change, and are provided to give an indication of the process and timescales beyond the consultation.
10th July 2018 – A high level summary of the consultation results will be presented to the County Council Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee at a public meeting on 10th July.
August/Sept – Analysis of these results by decision-makers will take place
27 Sept – The consultation results and the recommendations on the library service re-design will be published
9 October – The County Council’s Scrutiny Committee for Policy and Place will meet to consider and debate the recommendations
17 October – Following the Scrutiny Committee meeting, the Cabinet will meet to take a final decision on the recommendations about the library network and the future funding allocated to each library by Somerset County Council
Nov 2018– Jan 2019 – Community Library Partnerships proposals to be developed following expressions of Interest being received from individual communities
Jan – April 2019 – Implementation of the Library Redesign
If you have any questions about the above timetable please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
B3S, County Hall,
or contact Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224.
Somerset County Council is fully committed to continuing to deliver thriving, modern library services across Somerset. As with many authorities, however, we continue to face challenging financial times. Somerset County Council received £90 million in 2013/14 from central government to support our services. This has reduced to just over £26 million for 2017/18 and is set to reduce to nothing by 2020/21. However, demand for services has increased, particularly in Adults and Children’s social care services. We have managed to reduce our libraries budget by 20% since 2011, whilst keeping all of our libraries open. Going forward, we may need to consider further changes in order to keep the libraries service on a sustainable financial footing.
Draft proposals and evidence
To the right you can see more information about our draft proposals and the evidence they were based upon.
Below is a map of Somerset showing nine proposal areas. Each pin indicates a library in that area. Click on the pin for the library you want to find out about and to open the proposals.