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Transforming Wolverhampton libraries

Our vision is:

Modern, vibrant and sustainable libraries for the city of Wolverhampton.

In July 2017, Cabinet approved our 10 year Transforming Libraries Strategy.  The ambition of the strategy is to improve library services for people who live, work, and study in the City of Wolverhampton.  It sets out how we will deliver local and national priorities in the context of changing demands and customer needs.

In the City of Wolverhampton, we value our libraries, demonstrated by the 12% increase in visits to our libraries in 2016/17.  Libraries provide a unique "cradle to grave" service to the public, and are highly valued by communities - even those who do not use them.  This is why our strategy maintains the current number of libraries in the city and enhances the offer and services delivered, bringing our libraries into the 21st century.

Against the backdrop of a wider public sector financial challenge, we also need to ensure that our libraries provide a network of support that is sustainable and provides value for money to taxpayers.

We are proposing six strategic aims for our libraries that form our core offer to all people who live, work and study in Wolverhampton. These incorporate the 'National Universal Offer' framework recommended by the Society of Chief Librarians and are:

  • supporting reading and literacy
  • promoting learning and improving skills
  • increasing the use of digital services
  • promoting and enabling health and wellbeing
  • widening access to quality information
  • broadening access to culture

pdf icon Please click here to download our strategy [1Mb]

You can contact us for further information by emailing: mylibraryservice@wolverhampton.gov.uk

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