Sharing Libraries

A review of libraries in Milton Keynes is looking at ways the Council can work with partners and the community to make significant savings, use library buildings better and create sustainable and vibrant libraries for the future.

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The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has released the Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016 to 2021 document which sets out the government’s and Taskforce’s vision for, and commitment to, public libraries in England and provides a focus for joint action.

You can read the document on the government website and also the Society of Chief Librarians' Response to it.

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Sharing Responsibilities: The Context

In February 2015 the Council proposed a review of libraries as a part of the budget to take effect from April 2015.  Over the next three years Milton Keynes Libraries needs to secure an additional total of £449k in savings. 

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The Council's 'Eight Point Core Library Offer'

To focus conversations, the Council has identified core services that it is committed to providing long term, in order to serve the community across the Borough in each of the nine libraries and the mobile library.  This is about the fundamental provision of books and materials as well as access to information and information technology with the aim of contributing to the health and wellbeing of communities.

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Developing Options Together

There can be no doubt that the face of public library services is changing.  Public libraries provide a vital function in local communities and are valued by those who use them whether to borrow a book, find a quiet place to work, access Wi-Fi, meet people and so on. However the way services have to be provided has to change, especially in the light of reducing finance.   

“Sharing Responsibilities for Libraries” is an opportunity to look at what may be possible in the future.  The communities of Milton Keynes have an exciting opportunity to shape that future and this will only happen through active engagement with all sectors of the community.

The Council has run a series of Community Engagement sessions to hear your views, ideas and any offers of help. Thank you to everyone who completed the online questionnaire and shared your views. 

You can view the presentation document shown at the Community Engagement sessions (PDF, 58.3MB) but please note that it is a large file.

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Sharing Responsibilities for Libraries: More Than a Library

Following an extensive three-month community engagement programme on the future of libraries, conclusion documents for each library have now been produced which set out the proposals for Milton Keynes Libraries into the future.

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Details and Documents

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Printed versions of the proposal documents are available to view at all Libraries.

You can also view some of the Q&A feedback we have received at the public discussion sessions.

Please be aware that these are working documents.

Bletchley Library

Central Library

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Kingston Library

Mobile Library and Outreach

Newport Pagnell Library

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Olney Library

Stony Stratford Library

Westcroft Library

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Woburn Sands Library

Wolverton Library

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Last Updated: 25 July 2017