Council explores new funding idea for Kidderminster and Redditch Libraries

Published Thursday, 25th August 2016

A new partnership with a public sector organisation is being considered by Worcestershire County Council to bring in additional funds to Kidderminster and Redditch Library.

The Council is exploring an idea to share some of the library floor space, whilst retaining all of the local services that are provided in Kidderminster and Redditch.

From Wednesday 31 August to Tuesday 13 September plans showing how the arrangement could work will be on display in each of the libraries. The County Council is encouraging residents and customers to view the display and feedback their thoughts and comments.

The plans support the Council's key approach to protecting libraries and the services that they provide by focusing on generating income in the buildings where they are located.

The full library service offer including books, PCs, children's activities and adult learning will still be available at both libraries.

Library customers and residents will be able to discuss the proposed plans with members of the Libraries and Learning Services, the buildings management team and architects at the following dates and times:

In Kidderminster on Wednesday 31 August, 2 - 4pm and Tuesday 6 September, 4 - 6pm

In Redditch on Thursday 1 September, 4 - 6pm and Monday 5 September, 10am - 12noon

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member for Localism and Communities said: "Sharing our library buildings is really innovative.  It enables the Libraries and Learning Service to reduce premises costs, generate income and in turn secure the future of the service.  And we know that customers value having a range of services under one roof.

"Kidderminster Library already benefits from sharing the building with other partner organisations and we have several examples of where the co-locating of local services provides positive added benefits for the local community".

Library customers and residents can also email their feedback to librarieshq@worcestershire.gov.uk.  A summary of the feedback received will be submitted as part of the council's pre-planning consultation.