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Library Strategy 2023-2028

St Helens Borough Council is passionate about providing people with opportunities to read for pleasure, to access information and to develop their knowledge and skills while providing safe, secure and welcoming spaces in which to do so.

However, St Helens Borough Council must make significant budget savings in the next year because financial support from central Government has shrunk from £113m a year in 2010 to just £11m this year. Such huge cuts will inevitably have an impact on the way the council delivers many services, libraries included.

While it may not be easy, together we can make the most of this opportunity, meeting the changing demands of residents while of course making sure we provide support to the communities most in need.

We value your views about the library service and need your help to ensure that we're providing an inclusive library service to meet the needs of the borough. Please help us to do this by reading through our draft St Helens Borough Library Strategy 2023-2028 and completing the online questionnaire (whether for yourself or on behalf of your children or those you care for).

You can also attend one of our drop-in information sessions taking place at libraries across the borough.

The consultation runs from 1st May until 31st July 2023.

Read the Draft Library Strategy 2023-28 (opens new window) Read the Consultation & Engagement Strategy (opens new window) Read the Cabinet Report (opens new window) Read the Equality Impact Assessments