First, investment. After completion of the new Central Library in Newcastle(due to open on 7th June) and the announcement of a major investment programme for Manchester's libraries (Central Library and local community libraries),comes the announcement of plans for the new £193 million Central Library in Birmingham. It's good to see the great cities of the North and Midlands showing
the way forward, investing in library service at the heart of their civic aspirations for local people, local communities, and the whole of society.
And what about the great city of Sheffield you may ask? The Sheffield City Council Cultural Services service plan for 2009-2010 includes the following two bullet points:
- Develop and agree a plan for the future of the Central Library
- Deliver a modernised library service – that delivers improved and more efficient services
(Key priorities 3 and 4 of 12).
So we're getting there (copyright British Rail). There will be a presentation about the new central library at Newcastle as part of the SINTO Members' Day on 26th June.