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Cambridgeshire libraries to get new lease of life


By Ben Comber


Libraries like this one in Arbury could start to offer more services to residents. Pic - Richard Marsham
Libraries like this one in Arbury could start to offer more services to residents. Pic - Richard Marsham

Libraries are to become the centre of communities once more as an initiative seeks to transform the services they offer.

A plan by the county council, set to be discussed at the highways and community infrastructure committee meeting next week, would make libraries the destination for a range of"tailored services".

The county has 32 libraries and three mobile library vans which have 200 stops.

Cllr Mathew Shuter, lead for community infrastructure, said:"We're excited about these proposals as we hope it will encourage people to use their library to the full, by investing back in the book fund and offering a better service overall.

"This is the start of a journey, we want to see libraries for what they can do for and with people and build on this to make them financially self-sufficient and always relevant to the changing needs of our residents."

The"new way of workingwill first focus on assistive technology being rolled out to vulnerable people.



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