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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- or write to: Libraries Service, B3S, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY
- or contact Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224.