Exploring new futures
Library Transformations – our Capital Development Programme

We have an exciting future ahead of us! Our library and archive service will look very different over the next few years as we work you – our library and archive customers, local residents, partners and local communities to transform the library service from the one you see today.

Our overall ambition and vision is to build on our reputation as safe, welcoming, creative, accessible spaces within local communities, to enable us do bigger, better and more. We know from listening to you that you want to be able to access more services, locally, from our spaces, you would like to have a space to sit and enjoy a cup of tea alone or with friends, you want to be able to get the latest books and information, you want to be able to sit and use a PC for free, you want to be able to take part in creative activity locally, you want to be involved in what we do by volunteering for us or being part of one of our Friends groups. We will work with you to deliver this. We will build on the success of our co-located libraries in Tang Hall and in New Earswick to deliver more of the same across communities in York.

We have worked with City of York Council already to secure:

  1. £4m investment to transform the Explore Centres in the communities of Acomb and Clifton. This is still work in progress and we expect to be able to share news with you on both projects in the Autumn
  2. Capital funding to find a permanent home for Haxby and Wigginton library following the forced closure of the previous library due to serious building defect in 2016

And over the next few years, we will be looking at ways we can continue to build on this investment by identifying opportunities to develop our other libraries, so all of our communities have a library service that reflects their needs.

So the future for the library and archive service across York is an exciting one – we look forward to sharing it with you.