Decision details

BCP Council Libraries – Creating a sustainable future

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


To set out the review framework leading to a BCP Library Strategy which explores interest in alternative models of delivery to sustain and even improve the offer to the community.


RESOLVED that: -

(a)    A public consultation programme is launched to understand the needs of the community going forwards.

(b)    Options for different delivery models are fully evaluated.

(c)    Options appraisals for the potential co-location of shared council services, contributing to the development of Community Hubs within libraries, are developed.

(d)    The proposed timeline for progressing the development of the Library Strategy, (paragraph 38), is supported.  

(e)    A report returns to Cabinet in October 2024 detailing progress and proposals for the future service.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Customer, Culture and Communication


To inform the future library service delivery model.

To reimagine the library service and ensure its efficient delivery.

To deliver options to Cabinet by October 2024.

Report author: Lynda Anderson

Publication date: 08/02/2024

Date of decision: 07/02/2024

Decided at meeting: 07/02/2024 - Cabinet

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