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Four- year vision for Essex Libraries becomes a reality – Essex County Council

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The final Everyone’s Library Service 2022-2026 plan has launched, marking the next step in an exciting future for the county’s libraries.
This follows an 8-week public consultation that took place between November 2021 and January 2022, when thousands of residents told us their views on our proposed plan. Feedback received was used to mould the final plan.
Helping children and adults improve their literacy, encouraging people to enjoy reading for pleasure and increasing the range of online resources available to customers are just some of the commitments in the plan.
It also commits to keeping all 74 libraries open with investment in training and the upskilling of existing library staff.
The plan also sets out three key aims for the next four years and details how these will be achieved.
Library Service and Literacy
• Improving Literacy for children and adults and creating ‘Literacy Areas’ in every Essex Library by the end of June.
• Supporting children in becoming school ready.
• Offering up to date and refreshed stock and resources.
• Delivering a programme of exciting events in the libraries.
• Upskilling Staff and working with volunteers to enhance the service.
Communications and Infrastructure
• Improving communications with residents so they know what is on offer and working to attract new users.
• Investing in our spaces so they are vibrant, accessible and flexible.
• Ensuring our buildings are as ‘green’ as can be.
Supporting our communities and levelling up
• Making sure no one is left behind by expanding our outreach and community involvement.
• Enhancing employability, wellbeing, culture and arts through bringing people together.
• Encouraging greater footfall, including welcoming new users through exciting new activities.
For more detail about the exciting plans, read the plan.
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