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Welsh public library standards

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The Welsh public library standards measure the performance of library services across Wales.

The Welsh public library standards allow us to assess whether library services in Wales are complying with their duties under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 Act. They also assess the efficiency of the delivery of library services in Wales.

Libraries making a difference

"Libraries making a difference" is the 5th Welsh public library standards framework. The previous 4 frameworks have helped local authorities in Wales to improve in a number of areas. We have issued the 5th framework to continue this work. During 2017 local authorities will report their performance for 2016-17, the final year of the 5th framework. 

Community managed libraries

Since 2014-15 local authorities can include community managed libraries in their returns. In consultation with local authorities we have drawn up guidance on what requirements community managed libraries must meet in order to be included. “Community managed libraries and the statutory provision of public library service in Wales” provides detailed guidance. 

Connected and ambitious libraries

In 2017 local authorities will begin recording their performance against the indicators in the new framework “Connected and Ambitious Libraries: The sixth quality framework of Welsh Libraries 2017-20”. This framework has been developed in partnership with local authorities and is based substantially on the 5th framework. It also includes the guidance on community managed libraries which was also available in a separate document.

Benefits of the framework

The framework encourages local authorities to ensure that the public can benefit from:

  • the provision of suitable and appropriate access to public library service points
  • a suitable and appropriate range of materials and activities available
  • access to adequate levels of staffing and a skilled workforce
  • adequate capital investment in buildings, effective ICT and efficient managements systems for their library service.