22 October 2018Recommendations for the Library Service Redesign

The Somerset Libraries Service Redesign decision hase been published.

It shows 19 existing library buildings are recommended to be retained by Somerset County Council.

For the remaining 15 library buildings, Somerset County Council would seek to develop ‘Community Library Partnerships’ (CLPs) where communities would support library buildings in partnership with the County Council.

Where this proves not to be possible, library buildings would close and alternative means of delivering library services in communities such as outreach services and/or mobile library stops would be implemented.

The 19 libraries where services are recommended to remain the same are: Bridgwater town centre, Burnham-on-Sea, Chard, Cheddar, Crewkerne, Dulverton, Frome, Glastonbury, Ilminster, Langport, Martock, Minehead, Shepton Mallet (likely to move to a new location, which would be determined next year), Taunton town centre, Wellington, Wells, Williton, Wincanton and Yeovil town centre.

(This includes the seven libraries that were earmarked for potential change in this year’s consultation but are now recommended to remain Somerset County Council operated libraries: Cheddar, Crewkerne, Dulverton, Ilminster, Martock, Shepton Mallet and Wellington.)

The remaining 15 communities are:  Bishops Lydeard, Bruton, Castle Cary, Highbridge, Milborne Port, Nether Stowey, North Petherton, Porlock (with the aim to continue their existing Community Library Partnership in its present format), Priorswood (Taunton), Somerton, Street, South Petherton, Sunningdale (Yeovil), Watchet and Wiveliscombe. 

The recommendation report will go to Scrutiny Committee for Policy and Place on 24 October before Cabinet will make a final decision on 5 November. If approved, implementation would start from January 2019.

For a link to the full recommendation report, please click:


Further details about the library services redesign, including further information on Community Library Partnerships, and other background documents are being uploaded this afternoon please click www.somersetlibraries.co.uk/redesign/

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