Libraries will increasingly rely on volunteers and community groups, with more books distributed from shops and village halls, according to a report released on Friday from the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).
The report monitors the progress of 10 pilot projects established by theyear-old Future Libraries Programme, including Bradford’s book borrowing points in shops across the city; Hertfordshire’s plans to expand in co-operation with adult social care and children’s centres; and the money-saving combined libraries service proposed by several London councils.
Suffolk plans to recruit members of the public on to boards of governors running its libraries, and Northumberland and Durham are trialling ebooks for older people and children.
Options for ensuring libraries’ survival in the 21st century include running them in partnership with the private sector, charities and other councils; integrating with community facilities including churches, shops and village halls; or providing services including health centres and police surgeries in existing libraries.
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