Decision on Fife's library services made by 'full Council'

Archived news: published on Thursday 18 Feb 2016 by Fife Council

Councillors have voted on changes to Fife’s library services, subject to funding being made available through the budget setting process for the next financial year.


A report was presented on the work carried out to find alternative delivery models in the 16 communities affected by proposed library closures. Members heard that eleven alternative delivery model proposals, for eight of the libraries, had so far been received.


Councillors agreed that negotiations should continue with these organisations. They also agreed to extend the proposed closure date of these libraries to no later than the end of February 2017 to allow suitable time for the organisations to finalise their plans. One-off grants of up to £5,000 per community organisation will also be available to help plan and implement the alternative models.


In the case of Abbeyview and Glenwood libraries, further time was granted to work up feasabilty studies on a range of potential options to introduce community use libraries into Woodmill and Glenwood High Schools.


Speaking on the decision, Council Leader David Ross said: “We all know this is a sensitive and difficult position but it’s vital that we continue to deliver a fit for purpose, sustainable library service for Fife against the backdrop of significant financial challenge. Under these difficult circumstances I believe that today’s decision is the best way to do this. We have not impacted on the book fund or school library service and will still have one of the largest library networks in Scotland.


“I’m pleased that eleven proposals for alternative delivery models at eight libraries have been brought forward and they will be progressed.”


The eight libraries that will progress proposals for  alternative delivery models are: Colinsburgh, Crail, East Wemyss, Falkland, Kinghorn, Markinch, Pittenweem and Pitteuchar.


‘Full Council’ agreed to authorise Fife Cultural Trust to close the remaining libraries to users where no alternative delivery model is received.



Notes to editors:

  • The papers for today’s Council meeting are available here.
  • A reminder of what was agreed by the Executive Committee last month is available here.
  • A reminder of the recommendations agreed by Scrutiny Committee last month is available here.
  • A reminder of what was agreed by the Executive Committee in December 2015 on library services is available here.


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