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Norfolk County Council consults on digital libraries


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Norfolk County Council has floated the idea stepping up the use of digital options within its rural libraries service.

It has included the possibility within a broader consultation on the future of the service, citing the need to cope with reduced funding.

It said the consultation will explore whether it could introduce and make better use of digital services, along with other questions on which partners it could work with and any local needs that should be taken into account.

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, cabinet member for communities and partnerships, said: “There may be an opportunity to make better use of our fantastic range of digital services such as e-books, audiobooks and online newspapers.

“We can also encourage people to learn how to use digital devices to help with everyday matters as well as offering a wider choice of reading materials. We are interested in working more widely with partners to get the most out of the service.

“It’s really important that people have their say, so we’d like to hear from as many people who use our mobile libraries as possible.”

Norfolk currently runs six mobile libraries. It is aiming to save £13 million on various services.

The consultation will run until 14 September and the results will be presented to cabinet in November for a decision on any changes early next year.


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