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Welsh public libraries review

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This review looked at the role of libraries in our communities and how services are delivered.

We carried out a review in 2014 to look at local authorities’ current and future plans to deliver public library services. The review followed the National Assembly for Wales inquiry into public libraries in Wales (external link).

The review asked the following questions:

  • What services should public libraries provide in the future to meet the changing needs of the people of Wales?
  • What should be the roles and functions of the public library workforce in the future?
  • How can libraries in Wales work together in the future to offer an efficient and effective library service on a local, regional and national basis?
  • Do we require a new legislative framework and/or delivery model for public library services in Wales?

Following the report's publication, the then Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism gave an Oral statement: the Welsh Government response to the report of the Expert Review of Libraries (external link).

Scoping a new public library service for Wales

This report fulfils one of the recommendations in the Expert Review. It looks at the changing position of public library services in Wales and considers how services can be managed and delivered sustainably.

Independent trusts and community libraries in Wales

This research into community managed libraries and independent trust libraries in Wales concentrated on providing:

  • a description of changes and developments that had taken place in the delivery of public library services by December 2014
  • a description of relevant additional developments that either had been or were due to be implemented
  • recommendations on whether community managed libraries run by leisure and culture trusts could be considered part of library authority’s public library statutory provision.

Welsh libraries annual report

The annual report for Welsh libraries provides an overview of activity in the library sector in Wales during 2015. The report outlines a number of the key achievements and successes that have been accomplished over the last year.