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Keeping libraries at the heart of communities

Remaining relevant to communities continues to be a significant challenge for libraries as more and more people are going online to read and find out information. At the same time, pressure on county council budgets has never been greater. 

Staffordshire’s Library Service is continuing to transform so that it remains relevant in the digital age, maintains a presence at the heart of our communities and is affordable for the future.

Over 3,500 people that took part in the public consultation held last year about how we can make that happen. Following a decision by the county council's Cabinet, we are taking the following steps:

  • We are now inviting applications from members of the community to manage a either Cheadle Library, Penkridge Library, Eccleshall Library, Cheslyn Hay Library and Clayton Library as a Community Managed Library (CML). 

There are already 20 Community Managed Libraries in Staffordshire which are managed by 13 organisations. We know that having the community at the heart of making decisions about their library helps to revitalise them, keep them at the heart of their communities and help to make them financially sustainable.

Applications are being accepted until Monday 26th November after which a panel of experts will evaluate the applications. The chosen groups will then undertake a range of training before officially taking over from April 2019.

  • From April 2019 - We will implement the revised timetable for the Mobile Library Service to prioritise visits to isolated communities with the greatest need. PDF DocumentMobile Library visits from April 2019 (323 KB)

  • After July 2019 - New self-service technology will be trialled at Stafford Library to allow registered users access to the building outside core hours.

We are also contacting and training well over 400 people who expressed an interest in joining over 850 people already volunteering at their local library.

Want to get in touch? Please email connectedlibraries@staffordshire.gov.uk.

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