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St Helens Borough Library Service Strategy

St Helens Borough Council launches its Library Strategy which will radically transform from a traditional service delivered from buildings that struggle to meet today's customers' expectations, to a service that is fit for the future, accessible and inspiring.

The Library Strategy vision is to create a modern St Helens Library Service that is inclusive, vibrant, modern, excellent, responsive to customer needs and at the heart of communities.

The strategy has been shaped through extensive public consultations which ran in 2021 and further targeted consultation in 2022 alongside detailed review of how the library service has been used by members of the public both pre and post pandemic.

The Library Strategy will play an important role in supporting the St Helens Together Strategy and focus on supporting those most in need through outreach work to capture those most likely to benefit from the service but less likely to engage.

It outlines continuing to deliver the St Helens Schools Library Service, Home Delivery Library Service and its digital library service which offers access to thousands of books and magazines 24 hours a day.

A key part of the new strategy is to seek to work with communities to pursue alternative options for library services such as community managed libraries, book borrowing or computer access at community venues. The council is in talks with community groups and parish councils across the borough to make these aspirations into a reality.

This includes the potential for community asset transfer of library buildings, which means the council hands the building over to a group to run the building and the council will offer support and help to apply for funding should groups need help.

If you or your community group are interested in finding out more about working with us to deliver library services in your community, please email librarystrategy2022@sthelens.gov.uk


St Helens Borough Library Service Strategy and Delivery Plan 2022-27

Read the Library Strategy 2022-27Read the Library Strategy FAQsRead the Library Strategy Delivery PlanRead the Community Impact Assessment