Anglesey Libraries

The need for this study arose due to decisions taken by the local Authority to streamline non statutory services on Anglesey, especially so, within the library service.

The need for this study arose due to decisions taken by the local Authority to streamline non statutory services on Anglesey, especially so, within the library service.

 

The study researched and communicated with interested communities who wished to keep their library service and provided a list of possible options for the transfer of the service or building to community groups.  It also aimed to ensure that interested communities had the correct financial data to enable them to make informed decisions on future commitments and sustainability.

The Anglesey Library Study identified five communities who expresses an interest in taking on Local Authority managed buildings which offered a library core service.  It explored options to add value to the library service, e.g repair shop and café and introducing additional community services initially run by volunteers.  The study also looked at the best way to discover the true cost of managing the building and the most suitable legal entity to manage the enterprise in the future.

Conclusions

 

The study concluded that there was enough community support for retaining the libraries, however, most groups were keen to keep the library service as it was rather than initiate any new activities/alternate sources of income for future community benefit.

 

Update

 

In February 2020 the Library in Beaumaris was transferred to a local Social Enterprise, Y Ganolfan and a local group in Cemaes has produced a business plan for the transfer of the building which enables them to set up a centre of excellence for adventure water sport.

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