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County Library Vision Praised By Smith

Warwickshire’s libraries have been praised by the government for the way in which they have set out their vision of the future.

Culture Secretary Chris Smith has given the county top marks for its Library Plan.

The plan has to be submitted to the government every year and Warwickshire is one of only seven county councils to have made an improvement compared to last year's plan.

Noel Hunter, Director of Libraries, Heritage and Trading Standards, said:

"This is a real accolade, by hitting the top national bracket we are giving a clear message to the people of Warwickshire - your libraries are some of the best in the country.

“They are there for everyone who lives or works in the county and next year Warwickshire libraries will continue their strong delivery of services for all."

Warwickshire, along with all other councils that provide libraries, has to prepare a plan of how it is best going to meet the changing needs of everyone who uses library services.  

The county’s libraries provide services to an enormous cross-section of the community - whether it is a business looking for information to help with a marketing campaign, a young mother borrowing books for her small children or a young person using our computers for homework.

The Library Plan is one of the mechanisms used to take a close look at ways of developing services to ensure that the service is up to date with technology, gives the best access it can by staying open longer and offers best value for money.

Comments made by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport include:

"This is a very strong plan and makes a marked improvement on last year's.

"Much effort has clearly gone in to this process and management are to be congratulated on the result.

"The plan shows clear evidence of a developmental approach to planning and takes very full account of national and local issues."

"Investment in the book fund, increased opening hours and two new libraries (a ) 7 per cent increase on issue figures this year."

"The way ahead is clearly set out." 

The praise comes at a time when Coventry Library Service's faults are being brought home by an in-depth review of funding.

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