Help shape the Buckinghamshire Libraries’ vision and strategy for 2023 to 2028

Closes 15 Jan 2023

Draft purpose, vision and priorities

Vision and purpose

We have developed a draft purpose and vision for Buckinghamshire libraries:

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Our purpose is to provide free and accessible resources to connect communities and support learning, culture and wellbeing in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

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Our vision is for all libraries to be welcoming and safe spaces for everyone in our communities to access services, information and tools they need to learn, imagine, discover and thrive.

Priorities

We recognise the need to align our services to local and national priorities. 

We have looked at county-wide strategies in Buckinghamshire and identified the following priorities for the library service:

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Ensuring local access to council information and services by developing libraries as Council Access Points (CAPs) and supporting our customers by signposting to organisations such as Citizens Advice Bureau.

Offering digital access, with an extensive range of online resources and providing free computer classes and gadget days to ensure that Buckinghamshire residents are not digitally excluded.

Ensuring that we are an inclusive service by working in partnership with organisation such as Bucks Vision, Age Concern, Dementia Friendly, Autism UK and Bucks Disability Service and by identifying and addressing the different language needs of our communities.

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Providing arts and cultural experiences in our libraries with author events, theatre performance, arts and crafts, poetry, writing workshops, exhibitions, music and so much more. 

The libraries culture and learning offer celebrates diversity, promotes inclusivity, values identity and contributes to an active local cultural economy. 

Promoting literacy and the enjoyment of reading with an extensive range of reading materials, early year activities (Bounce and Rhyme), reading schemes, book promotions, reading groups and project collections to support children in schools. 

With support for study, skills and employment by providing learning materials, study spaces, access to ICT, jobs clubs and information to support businesses.

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Our libraries can make an important contribution to supporting the health and wellbeing of Buckinghamshire residents.

We work in partnership with health organisations to provide services such as health checks and stop smoking sessions, and have extensive book collections to support healthy diets, exercise, and good health.

We have a range of resources to support mental health (Reading Well) and reminiscence collections to support people living with dementia.

Libraries provide pop-up events to signpost and provide information to reduce health, social and economic inequalities.

Libraries are safe meeting places that provide social contact and emotional support to combat isolation and loneliness.

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Buckinghamshire libraries are neutral, safe, welcoming spaces in the community, making them excellent venues for local activities which build cohesion, resilience, civic activity, and community safety.

Two thirds of our libraries are already delivered in partnership with volunteers and third sector organisations. We will position libraries as local community hubs and build stronger links with and through local community boards.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the draft purpose and vision for the Buckinghamshire Library service?
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