Yesterday (Wednesday 12 December) Cabinet approved ambitious plans to grow and improve the borough's libraries and make sure they continue to be vital resources at the heart of Thurrock's communities.
Following a public consultation that took place earlier this year, a strategy has been produced which not only guarantees all 10 of Thurrock's libraries will remain open, but seeks to enhance and improve services by developing some library buildings into community hubs that will see libraries co-locate with other important services.
The strategy also looks to extend the services on offer in our libraries and build on the excellent work already being done.
As well as providing books, libraries will:
- offer support to those looking to learn and enhance their skills
- support health and well-being
- provide a range of cultural experiences and art events
- provide excellent digital resources, including access to PCs and Wi-Fi
- give children and adults the skills they need to become savvy digital operators ready to take advantage of the latest technological advances
Cllr Deborah Huelin, portfolio holder for communities, said: "At a time when many local authorities are planning to cut back and reduce their service, we are looking to not only retain all of our libraries but enhance and improve them so they are fit to serve our communities for years to come.
"We know from our public consultation that our communities not only value their libraries but also use them a great deal and we want to make sure that they have access to the best buildings, facilities and equipment and ensure that we maintain a community centred service which puts our residents first.
"This strategy which has been approved by Cabinet outlines a bold future for our libraries which will ensure they continue to thrive and grow."