Consultation outcome

Public libraries: what do you think?

This consultation has concluded

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Independent Library Report for England

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Detail of outcome

Evidence gathered was used to inform the Independent Library Report for England that was published on 18 December 2014.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


Independent Panel calls for evidence to inform report on public libraries.

Consultation description

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Communities and Local Government has jointly commissioned William Sieghart to produce an independent report considering the current structure and role of public libraries, including community libraries, in England as well as identifying any opportunities for future delivery.

William is supported by an Advisory Panel. Interested parties are invited to submit evidence to help inform their considerations, on the following areas.

  1. What are the core principles of a public library service into the future?

  2. Is the current delivery of the public library service the most comprehensive and efficient?

  3. What is the role of community libraries in the delivery of a library offer?

To submit evidence to the Panel, email before 5pm on Friday 21 March 2014. Alternatively written submissions can be sent to:

Library Secretariat Department for Culture, Media and Sport 4th Floor 100 Parliament Street London SW1A 2BQ