Draft vision for Essex Libraries published

Draft vision for Essex Libraries published

Essex County Council’s draft vision for Libraries has been published.

The ‘Everyone’s library service 2022-2026 plan’ details how we intend to transform the Library service over the next four years into a modern, vibrant and sustainable service for all.

Helping children and adults improve their literacy, encouraging people to enjoy reading for pleasure and increasing the range of online resources available to customers are just some of the commitments made in the plan.

Among the proposals, the plan commits to keeping all 74 libraries open with investment in training and development for library staff.

The draft library plan also sets out three key aims for the next four years and details how these will be achieved.

Library Service and Literacy

  • Books, e-books, digital and online.
  • Supporting children to be school ready and helping adults to improve their literacy.
  • Building people’s confidence in reading
  • Nurturing people’s love for books

Infrastructure and Communications

  • Improving the Library infrastructure (Buildings and IT)
  • Creating welcoming, accessible places that also provide more opportunities for communities to use.
  • Thinking of new ways to communicate and engage with residents so they know what is on offer.

Supporting our communities and Levelling up

  • Making sure all residents have the same access to the support and skills they need to achieve their aspirations, regardless of where they live in the county.
  • Improving opportunities for everyone, locally and countywide.
  • Encouraging new users, thinking of new ways to attract them.

Residents are encouraged to give their views on the draft plan from 1pm on Friday 26 November online, in person at one of the engagement events we are planning early next year or via our customer service centre by calling 0345 603 7633.

Feedback can be submitted between 26 November 2021 and 21 January 2022.

Last updated 26 November 2021