Libraries Redesign programme 2018

The future of Somerset’s Libraries Service was decided by the County Council’s Cabinet on 5 November:

  • 19 existing library buildings are to continue to be funded and managed by Somerset County Council.
  • For 13 of the remaining 15 library buildings, Community Library Partnerships are being planned with library buildings set to remain open in these communities until 31 March 2019 whilst work progresses to develop Community Library Partnerships with the aim of keeping library buildings open into the future. If these cannot be reached, library buildings will close, and mobile/outreach services put in place as set out in November’s Cabinet report.
  • For two libraries – Highbridge and Sunningdale (Yeovil), no expression of interest was received for a Community Library Partnership and therefore these libraries will close on the 29th December 2018. Outreach services will be provided from February 2019 for these communities. (See ‘Outreach Services’ on the right for more information.

Below is a map showing which library buildings are to remain the same and which will change. If you click on a library pin, a summary of the recommendations for that library will pop-up.

To the right you can view more information about Community Library Partnerships, the detailed libraries redesign decision and the evidence on which it was based.

If you have any questions about the changes, please:

  • email: librariesmail@somerset.gov.uk
  • or write to: Libraries Service, B3S, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY
  • or contact Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224.

Find out more

This 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 open the proposals on which the consultation was based.

Libraries where no major changes or options are proposed.

Libraries which will be affected and could become Community Library Partnerships.

Libraries which are to close.