Plymouth leader urges libraries plan backing

The leader of Plymouth City Council has urged fellow councillors to vote for the updated Plan for Libraries to unlock £250,000 investment and make the service fit for the future.

According to the local authority, just seven of the city’s 17 libraries account for 80 per cent of all library visits and 75 per cent of all items borrowed - leading the council to seek more effective use of resources and create a sustainable systems.

The Plan for Libraries would enable the service to be more responsive to the changing demands of readers and users, by increasing the use of pop-up libraries and tailored events.

Council leader Ian Bowyer said: “We have done our utmost to create a package that will take our libraries forward and make the service fit for the future. We are really conscious of the enormous value libraries have in our communities and the role they play not just in literacy, learning and skills development, but also advice and information for the health and wellbeing of our residents.”

The public consultation was based on the original proposals to close 10 libraries, but after a review the council stated that it would keep open four of Tier 2 libraries. The updated Plan which will be voted on at Full Council on 3 July.