Public Libraries

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 8th May 2014.

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Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson Conservative, South Staffordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to protect library services.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Together with other public services, local authorities are rising to the challenge of delivering and developing the library service, with many reviewing and re-shaping their library offer. Some changes have been made in response to the ongoing funding environment to which all public services are making their contribution to savings. But many changes have also been made because individual authorities are looking at better ways of delivering a range of services so that they are fit for the present and the future. Details of the various developments in library services in England, including a range of innovative approaches to the task of delivering a comprehensive and efficient service, are set out in the annual report to Parliament during 2012-13 and can be accessed at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/report-under-the-public-libraries-and-museums-act-1964-for-201213

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