Could Staff Own Bucks' Libraries?

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Published by the Mix96 News Team at 12:02pm 17th September 2015.

A rethink about how Buckinghamshire's libraries are run is happening, with half a million pounds needing to be saved.

One idea is to let the staff own and run each one - something already happening in York, with the set-up meaning they can then generate income.

In a report to Full Council today, Councillor Martin Phillips says:

"Buckinghamshire County Council’s Library Service has already been re-modelled significantly in response to reduced budgets, changing demand, technological developments and the recognition of libraries’ role as trusted community spaces.

"We are proud of our track record in delivering increased efficiency whilst also developing the contribution that our libraries make towards reading and literacy, improved health and wellbeing, digital inclusion and welfare reform."

BCC staff have also met with councils in Suffolk and Peterborough to see how they run things.

In his report, Martin adds:

"An essential part of work is taking forward an options appraisal and engaging with our key stakeholders to identify their priorities for the service. We will engage with staff, customers, partners, elected members and representatives from our community library partners."

All the options will be presented to the County Council in December.

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