Libraries Strategy

3. Libraries Transformation Programme

The aim of the Libraries Transformation Programme was to deliver a modern and sustainable Library and Information Service for East Sussex.

There were two stages to the programme. The first was an Internal Review of the current service. The second part was the development of a Strategic Commissioning Strategy.

Overall the Libraries Transformation Programme will achieve over £1.9 million toward a total savings target of £2 million.

Internal review

We have undertaken an Internal Review of the Library and Information Service in East Sussex to reduce running costs and ensure we are spending our limited resources wisely. The review included a reduction in management staff, changes to how we manage and buy stock, and a reduction in library opening hours. The internal review has saved £1.25million towards our overall savings target.

Strategic Commissioning Strategy

The Libraries Strategic Commissioning Strategy sets the direction of the Library and Information Service for the next five years, based on the needs of the people of East Sussex.

A detailed needs assessment was carried out to inform the draft Strategy to enable the County Council to understand the contribution that the Library and Information Service can make to achieving the Council’s priority outcomes and the needs that the Library and Information Service is best placed to meet or support. By focussing on outcomes, not the existing service, it will enable us to make the best possible use of resources, and develop a modern and sustainable library service.

The Strategic Commissioning Strategy will deliver an estimated saving of £653,000 through a combination of shared efficiencies by co-locating library services with other County Council services, income generation, and the reduced provision of library buildings, the Mobile Library and other services.

A public consultation on our draft strategy ran from 14 September to 21 December 2017 and a revised strategy was approved by the County Council’s Cabinet on 6 March 2018.

Background documents:

Cabinet report December 2015 Approval of proposed Libraries Transformation Programme and agreement to opening hours consultation.

Cabinet report July 2016 Approval of opening hours proposals.

Cabinet report September 2017

Approval to hold a public consultation on the draft Libraries Strategic Commissioning Strategy. This includes the Cabinet report, draft Libraries Strategy and all supporting documents in full.

Cabinet report March 2018:

Approval of the revised Libraries Strategic Commissioning Strategy. This includes the Cabinet report, revised Libraries Strategy and all supporting documents in full.

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