CONWY’s Cabinet has approved a plan for a consultation on the draft Library and Information Strategy 2021-2026.

The draft Library and Information Strategy sets out what needs to be done over the next five years to make sure Conwy’s Library and Information Service continues to offer a good quality service.

Over recent years, it’s been a Council priority to develop libraries into community hubs that provide a wide range of services and activities. The Council’s previous strategy resulted in more varied library opening hours; mobile library routes in the areas most remote from library buildings; and the establishment of five community libraries.

The draft Library and Information Strategy 2021-26 includes a list of actions to be carried out over the next five years:

  • Take part in the feasibility study for a community hub in Abergele
  • Assess the potential of bringing customer-facing services in Colwyn Bay together by relocating the library to Coed Pella.
  • Continue the development of Conwy Culture Centre.
  • Evaluate the community library arrangement after five years of operation, and agree a sustainable model for the next 5 years in partnership with town and community councils.
  • Continue to work with health and social care to explore the opportunities to support mental health and wellbeing.
  • Increase the use of technology to improve people’s access to information and services.
  • Develop services for those communities that are remote, using the mobile and home library.

Cabinet Members agreed that library users, partner organisations and interested parties should be asked for their views on the draft strategy.

The consultation on the draft Library and Information Strategy 2021-26 will start at the end of May 2021.