Council to discuss future for libraries


Staff reporter

THE future direction of Flintshire’s libraries is to come under the spotlight.

Flintshire Council’s strategy for its libraries for the next three years will be considered by cabinet members tomorrow.

Residents of Flintshire and library members had the opportunity to have their say in how the library and information service would be delivered.

Responses were received from elected members, town and community councils, schools and individual library users.

The council said that many of the comments were supportive and constructive suggestions had been incorporated into the final draft.

The new strategy will update the key objectives of the previous strategy to reflect the aims of the service until 2016.

An example key project is the plan for a new Flintshire Connects Centre in Connah’s Quay, integrating library services with access to a range of other council services, meeting rooms, exhibition and heritage space.

Councillor Chris Bithell, cabinet member for education, said the strategy would ensure the service was modern, efficient and progressive.

“This will be a challenging period with resources for all council services being scrutinised,” he said, “and this strategy aims to make sure residents receive value for money by prioritising our frontline library services and collaborating with our partners.”

The five key objectives are:

To provide a relevant and responsive library service for Flintshire’s communities.

To inspire a community of readers and learners.

To provide and promote a suitable collection of resources to meet the needs of Flintshire’s communities.

To provide opportunities for lifelong learning and self-development.

To ensure services are well managed and efficient, with high levels of customer service provided by courteous and knowledgeable staff.

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