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Have your say on new library strategy

Published
04.07.2022

Residents in Gloucestershire are being invited to give their views on a new library strategy that sets out the aims and ambitions of the service from 2023 to 2028.

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Public consultation into the strategy, drafted by Gloucestershire Libraries, has been launched today and will last for 12 weeks.

It will run from 4 July to 23 September 2022 and you can take part in the survey, as well as read the draft strategy, here.

Hard copies of the survey will soon be available in local libraries.

The strategy will replace the last one produced in 2012 and says that Gloucestershire libraries are welcoming, safe places at the heart of our diverse communities, offering a high quality and constantly evolving service.

The role of the library has developed significantly since 2012 and the strategy aims to meet the ambition of providing a forward-thinking service to residents of Gloucestershire.

It will maintain its core service of providing free access to a wide range of books and information, which has been extended to include an extensive catalogue of e-books and e-magazines that can be accessed from your own home.

Innovation labs are being introduced within each of the county’s six districts, so people can access creative technology and boost their digital skills.

Digital services and content will also be enhanced with the launch of a flagship digital storytelling centre in April 2023 in Cheltenham.

The building in Oakley will offer the latest digital technology for all ages, with free facilities, training and support to help with literacy and learning skills.

The draft strategy sets out how services will continue to develop to meet changing demands and covers five key themes, including creativity, climate and the community.

The response to the climate emergency is a key area outlined in the draft strategy. Libraries will work with partners to encourage wildlife and tree planting in library gardens, install electric vehicle charge points in library car parks, promote recycling opportunities and raise awareness of initiatives to help the environment.

Public consultation on the draft strategy aims to ensure people can have their say on the future direction of library services in Gloucestershire, so the needs of all library users and communities are met.

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries, said: “I hope as many people as possible will take part in this consultation as your feedback on the new draft library strategy is really important.

“The strategy sets out the ambitions of the service over the next five years and we would like to know if you agree with these aims and how you would like to see the service developed. Our library service has evolved a lot over the last few years but libraries remain at the heart of our communities and we want to ensure this continues.”

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