Changes to Fife's library service
The consultation on the proposed changes to Fife's library services closed on Friday 6 November 2015. The results were presented to Fife Council’s Executive Committee on Tuesday 8 December 2015 to help them decide on the future of Fife's library services.
SUMMARY OF COMMITTEE DECISIONS:
- Information on the decision of the 8 December 2015 Executive Committee meeting is available here.
- This decision was called in by the Council's Education, Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee on 5 Januray 2016 and sent back to the Executive Committee with a range of recommendations. You can read more on that here.
- The Executive Committee rejected the recommendations at their meeting on 12 Januray 2016, instead deciding to take it to a meeting of all 78 councillors (‘full Council’), in February 2016. You can read more on that here.
- The proposals were voted on by 'full Council' on Thursday 18 February 2016. You can read about the decision here.
- Alternative delivery models for Falkland, Abbeyview & Glenwood libraries were agreed by the Executive Committee on 18 October 2016. Read more here.
ADDITIONAL USEFUL INFORMATION:
- Information on the original proposals put forward by Fife Cultural Trust, which were agreed by the Committee (albeit with a number of additional recommendations) is available below.
- The results of the consultation are also available for download from the publications section at the bottom of this page.
SUMMARY OF LATEST POSITION IN THE LIBRARY REVIEW PROCESS:
- The libraries that will progress proposals for alternative delivery models are: Colinsburgh, Falkland, Glenwood, Kinghorn, Lundin Links and Pittenweem.
- The libraries without alternative delivery models that have already closed are Bowhill, Crossgates, Freuchie and Thornton. The libraries where alternative delivery models have not been brought forward and are therefore due for future closure are East Wemyss, Crail, Markinch and Pitteuchar.
- When Abbeyview Library closes interim arrangements for a community book borrowing service in Abbey Local Office will be put in place until a wider review of community facilities in the local area is progressed.
- Partnership arrangements are being progressed with Fife Council’s Community Learning & Development Department for alternative provision at Townhill Library.