Library services set to change as council tries to save cash
LIBRARY services in Cambridgeshire are to be transformed in a bid to make savings required following Government spending cuts.
Cambridgeshire County Council is putting forward proposals to transform its library service, which covers Whittlesey Library.
The aim is to try and meet local needs while making savings.
The review has been prompted after the new coalition Government announced cuts for local authority funding in its emergency budget.
Cambridgeshire County Councillors have made it clear that the priority should be protecting frontline services, especially to remote communities and supporting staff while reducing its budget by around 25 per cent.
It has been told it has to make savings, including £2.2 million in three years from libraries.
Options include creating a trust, or bringing in a third party to run libraries. Pooling of resources by authorities across the East of England region, for purposes such as buying books, is also being looked at.
Mobile library visits may go down from fortnightly to monthly. The council says closing libraries will be a last resort.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet is being asked to consider plans in detail. Once a plan is agreed on, the council will consult local communities.
Cabinet member for communities, Sir Peter Brown, said: “We need to transform the way we do things so we can keep delivering high quality services to our communities.”