Consultation outcome

Consultation on Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016-2021

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

Feedback received as part of the consultation has helped shape the final version of Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016-21. This was published on 1 December 2016 and is endorsed and supported by central government and by the Local Government Association (on behalf of local government). It sets out a bold and dynamic direction of travel for the next 5 years, describing how library services in England can help transform people, communities and society as a whole.

Feedback received

Organisations who responded to the Libraries Taskforce's consultation

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Detail of feedback received

Over 500 responses were received to the consultation from a range of organisations and individuals (see attached document). People responded via the online questionnaire, workshops and by separate submissions to the Libraries Taskforce.

Original consultation


We are seeking views on Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016-2021

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Consultation description

The Independent Library Report for England (published on 18 December 2014) called for a national strategy which could articulate what public libraries in England are and why they are a force for good for us all.

At the request of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Leadership for Libraries Taskforce has developed a draft Ambition document for public libraries in England. The purpose of the document is to provide a focus for collaborative action, and a clear articulation of the government’s and Taskforce’s vision and support for public libraries in England. It also provides a confirmation of how libraries support and add value to a range of local and national policy priorities and link to practical examples of existing good practice.

It is not intended to dictate what library services each local authority must deliver and how.

The document is primarily intended for decision makers in local and central government, members of the library workforce and partners of or suppliers to libraries. Members of the public who are active users and supporters of libraries may also find it of interest and we value their views on the draft.

The Taskforce would welcome views on the following themes described in the document:

  • context
  • vision
  • what libraries can achieve
  • how we can make this happen
  • governance and delivery
  • new ways of working
  • marketing and communications
  • action plan

How to respond


Share your views by completing the online survey (now closed).

You may find it helpful to keep a version of the html document open in another browser tab to refer to as you work through the questions.

The survey will remain open until 23:45 on 3 June 2016.

In person

There will be a series of regional workshops around the country which you can register your interest to attend. These run from 10 May - 2 June 2016.


Published 23 March 2016
Last updated 1 December 2016 + show all updates
  1. Government has now responded to the consultation with the publication of Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016 to 2021

  2. First published.