Wirral libraries set to benefit from Council investment
More than £600,000 is set to be invested into libraries across Wirral under budget plans expected to be approved by the Council.
The cash, which is the first stage of a wider investment into the borough’s library network, will be used to upgrade facilities and modernise libraries across the borough bringing improved facilities for their local communities.
Work will include making the buildings more accessible for those with disabilities, as well as providing updated IT and digital equipment for staff and library users – a crucial development as more services become available online.
This will increasingly make libraries the place to go for people who don’t have the access or the confidence to use digital services.
The investment will also be targeted at improving the libraries as learning environments, as well as making sure the buildings they are based in are fit for purpose and able to host even more activities and events for their communities.
Cabinet member for leisure and recreation, Cllr Phill Brightmore, said: “I know how much libraries mean to our local communities and this investment shows that we as a Council recognise their importance too, and will be continuing the investment across Wirral’s libraries.
“Despite vast and continuing cuts to our budgets, we are proud Wirral has protected this service and not shut any libraries. This has been achieved often in partnership with the communities they serve. We should all be proud of that achievement and I want to thank the staff and volunteers who work so hard to ensure we retain a comprehensive library network.
“But we are only able to press ahead with maintaining and improving such valued facilities as libraries because of the Council’s careful management of its budget during what has been an extended period of steep reductions in local government finances.
“Because this Council has taken steps to bring in new revenue streams where possible, and through careful management of our resources, we are able to not just continue providing crucial services which local people rely upon but continue to invest in our libraries which play a key role in communities across the borough.”
The £626,000 investment is part of budget proposals due to be considered by Wirral Council’s ruling cabinet on Monday February 18.