BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL PLANS FOR COMMUNITY LIBRARIES OCTOBER 2016

 

1) THE FOUR TIERS – plus closures

TIER 1 [19 LIBRARIES] – MAIN LIBRARIES – open 35 hpw, probably still in current buildings, doing some non-library tasks e.g. benefits verification. Volunteers to be involved. May have partner agencies in same space

Acocks Green Handsworth Northfield Sparkhill
Balsall Heath Harborne Quinton Ward End
Birchfield Kings Heath Shard End Weoley Castle
Erdington Kings Norton Small Heath Yardley Wood
Hall Green Mere Green South Yardley  

TIER 2 [10 LIBRARIES] – COMMUNITY LIBRARIES – open 21 hpw. May remain in current locations. Partners sought

Boldmere Kingstanding Springhill Walmley
Druids Heath Perry Common Stirchley  
Frankley Sheldon Tower Hill  

TIER 3 [6 LIBRARIES] – SUPPORTED COMMUNITY LIBRARIES – run by community groups and volunteers, possibly from their own premises. Uncertain future if no partners forthcoming

Bartley Green Glebe Farm Selly Oak
Bloomsbury Kents Moat West Heath

TIER 4 [1 LIBRARY] – COMMUNITY INITIATED LIBRARY SERVICES – local groups providing some library services. One currently, expressions of interest from other groups sought

Castle Vale

CLOSURES [ 2 LIBRARIES]

Aston Sutton Coldfield

NOTES

  1. i) the total planned cut is c. £1.9m, including 24 job losses.
  2. ii) self-service terminals will be used across the piece at a cost of £834,000. A system called ‘openplus’ – essentially unstaffed libraries – will be piloted. As the council’s report states: ‘Customers should be encouraged to undertake routine and less complex tasks’

iii) there is no commitment to structure Birmingham’s libraries – The Library of Birmingham and the community libraries – as a unified service headed by a professional librarian with senior status in the council’s top management team, in line with common practice across the UK. iv) a £1 fee will be charged for reserving a book Friends of The Library of Birmingham October 2016

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