A new project to explore how libraries can be funded, managed and delivered in the future has been launched today by Libraries Connected and CILIP.
The study, which is backed by the Carnegie UK Trust, will look at contrasting models for public library delivery internationally.
Martyn Evans, CEO of the Carnegie UK Trust, said: ‘Public libraries are incredibly highly valued – more than three-quarters of us say they are vital to our local community. But they are also experiencing a range of pressures - and in times when people’s needs and expectations are changing rapidly, and public monies are less readily available, libraries need to identify how they can respond to these demands most effectively.
‘Part of this debate is to identify the best funding and governance arrangements for the library service and we look forward to working with partners to identify a number of options.’
The results of the study will be available next year.