Changes to Swindon Libraries from September 2017
Swindon Borough Council Core Library Service
As of the 1st September Swindon Libraries and Information Service will only be directly responsible for the 5 core Libraries, Central, North, Highworth, West and Park. All of these will continue to run much as they currently do at this time with the addition of Extended Opening Technology.
Community Groups were given the opportunity to run the remaining Libraries and bids were invited in April for groups to take these on with a pot of transitional funding being made available to help facilitate this.
Council Officers including Library Staff were also available to advise and guide organisations through this process and continue to do so.
Twelve bids were received. Eleven to run Community Libraries and one to run a Community IT facility with a collection point for requested stock.
There are seven successful bids that are being taken forward.
- Stratton Parish Council for Stratton Library
- Wroughton Parish Council for Wroughton Library
- Swindon Community Library Trust for Covingham and Liden Libraries.
- Central Swindon North Parish Council for Moredon, Pinehurst, Penhill and Even Swindon libraries
- Central Swindon South Parish Council for Old Town Library
All of these Community Libraries will be buying books and some staff provision from Swindon Libraries. You will continue to be able to use your current library card at these Community Libraries
- Swindon Hindu and Temple Community Library
This is an exciting new venture and partnership that will see a new library location in Swindon!
- Walcot Community Shop
This location will no longer operate as a library except for a collection point for book requests. However a community run IT facility will be operated from this location.
Walcot library was transferred to the Walcot Community group from 22 July.
Stratton, Wroughton, Covingham, Liden, Moredon, Pinehurst, Penhill, Even Swindon and Old Town libraries are due to be transferred from September onwards subject to plans being finalised.
There are ongoing discussions with each of the community groups to enable a smooth transition and recruitment has begun for staff in the Community Libraries mentioned above.
Community Outreach Services
Swindon Libraries Outreach services will still be working to promote reading and learning in all communities and will continue to provide materials and support for campaigns such as Bears Reading Adventure and the Summer Reading Challenge. Class Visits will be encouraged and initial visits will still be co-ordinated by Outreach Staff. It is hoped that Story-times will also continue being run by either Library Staff or volunteers trained by the Outreach Team.
The Home Library Service will also continue to run in the community supplying books in conjunction with the Royal Voluntary Service for those unable to get to the Library themselves.
Any queries regarding the Community Libraries should be sent to the relevant organisations taking them on from the 1st September. The contact details of which can be found here;