Doncaster Future Service Delivery Model

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Doncaster Future Service Delivery Model

  1. 1. Appendix 2Proposed Future Service Delivery ModelThe rationalisation of Doncaster’s Libraries has been based upon usage, thecondition of buildings, achieving a fair geographical spread across the boroughand the finances available. Doncaster has way above the average number oflibraries compared to similar size authorities with many of them central to theborough and/or close to others. Those libraries proposed to remain are:  Doncaster Town Centre  Edlington  Hatfield  Bentley  Thorne  Woodlands  Tickhill  Mexborough  Armthorpe  Askern  Conisbrough  CantleyTo ensure the needs of current users and communities are met, a furtherconsultation exercise will now be undertaken with the relevant communitieswhere it is proposed that a core library will no longer exist to gauge whatalternatives would be considered suitable for that community. These are Carcroft,Stainforth, Edenthorpe, Moorends, Scawthorpe, Wheatley, Warmsworth,Sprotbrough, Bessacarr, Denaby, Rossington, Bawtry, Balby and Intake. Thefollowing alternative methods that will be considered and pursued are:  Community-run libraries where volunteers from the community staff the service with professional guidance and stock provided by the Council;  Community-supported libraries run by the Council but financially supported by the community;  Self-service un-staffed facilities in other Council, wider public sector or private buildings for the issue and deposit of books etc;  Increased mobile and home delivery provision in key areas ensuring vulnerable people still have access;  Postal service via the new library virtual service being introduced later this month accessible from anywhere with internet facilities; or  Any other solution identified by communities.It is important to understand that the core services required to be delivered bylibraries does not depend on a dedicated building. Self-service facilities for books,films and music can be used almost anywhere but still managed by the serviceand other activities around increasing literacy and learning (for which there will beresources) can be delivered at relevant places within the community. To be notedand of significance is that the Library Service has just introduced a virtual libraryservice that people can access 24/7 from anywhere with full access to downloade-books, music and film. This is a significant development for Doncaster in termsof quality of service and improving accessibility.

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