Libraries Redesign programme 2018

Recommendations for the future of Somerset’s Libraries Service were unveiled on the 16 October with a final decision expected to be made on the 5 November.

The detailed Decision Report can be viewed on the right. It sets out how library services would continue to be delivered across the County.

19 existing library buildings are recommended to be retained by Somerset County Council.

For the remaining 15 library buildings, Somerset County Council would seek to develop ‘Community Library Partnerships’ (CLPs) where communities would support library buildings in partnership with the County Council.

Where this proves not to be possible, library buildings would close and alternative means of delivering library services in communities such as outreach services and/or mobile library stops would be implemented.

The 19 libraries where services are recommended to remain the same are: Bridgwater town centre, Burnham-on-Sea, Chard, Cheddar, Crewkerne, Dulverton, Frome, Glastonbury, Ilminster, Langport, Martock, Minehead, Shepton Mallet (likely to move to a new location, which would be determined next year), Taunton town centre, Wellington, Wells, Williton, Wincanton and Yeovil town centre.

Community Library Partnerships expressions of interest will now be invited from the following 15 communities: Bishops Lydeard, Bruton, Castle Cary, Highbridge, Milborne Port, Nether Stowey, North Petherton, Porlock (with the aim to continue their existing Community Library Partnership in its present format), Priorswood (Taunton), Somerton, Street, South Petherton, Sunningdale (Yeovil), Watchet and Wiveliscombe.

Below is a map showing where the libraries are to have changes or to remain the same. 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 recommendations and the evidence on which they were based.

If you have any questions about the changes please:

  • email:
  • 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

Area 1Porlock, Minehead, Watchet, Williton , Dulverton
Area 2Wiveliscombe, Wellington, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton and Priorswood
Area 3Burnham-on-Sea, Highbridge, Nether Stowey and North Petherton and Bridgwater
Area 4Langport, Somerton, Street and Glastonbury
Area 5Chard, Ilminster and Crewkerne
Area 6South Petherton, Martock, Yeovil, Sunningdale and Milborne Port
Area 7Castle Cary, Bruton and Wincanton
Area 8Frome
Area 9Cheddar, Wells and Shepton Mallet