We’d like to invite you to tell us your views on some potential changes we are considering making to the future delivery of library services in your community and across Somerset.
Somerset County Council is fully committed to continuing to deliver a thriving, modern library service 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 more challenging changes in order to keep the libraries service on a sustainable financial footing.
More detailed information is available by following the links on the right of this page. You can also attend drop-in sessions taking place at some libraries during the consultation to discuss the proposals and give your feedback.
What are library services?
Our 34 Somerset libraries deliver a range of library services including book, audio book and DVD loans, public computer access, reading and support groups, digital skills support, a range of digital resources (such as 3D printing, Microbits and Raspberry PIs), events and activities, business support – and lots more besides.
Many services are available online or through a network of mobile library stops. In addition, we provide a home delivery service for customers unable to visit a library for themselves.