New provider for library services

Published: 31 Jul 2019

Hertfordshire County Council has awarded Libraries for Life the contract for the provision of library services in the county. Libraries for Life is a new independent charitable organisation, known as a Public Service Mutual, created by the council, to bid for the new contract. The announcement follows a full public tender process and has been fully endorsed by the council’s Cabinet. 

Cllr Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Libraries, said:

“We set out on this process last year to try and find an alternative way of delivering our much-loved library service. We did so against a backdrop of ongoing financial pressure on council budgets.

“Libraries for Life’s bid was strong and will put us in the best possible position to continue the implementation of our Inspiring Libraries strategy in providing high quality innovative library services now and into the future.”

Robert Wilson MBE, Chair of Trustees for Libraries for Life said:

“This is tremendously exciting news and I am immensely excited and honoured to be involved in taking libraries in Hertfordshire forward into the future.

“The County Council is rightly proud of its public libraries and we have created Libraries for Life as a new, Hertfordshire-based charity, to build on the talent and creativity of library staff and volunteers to ensure that the library service can thrive into the future.”

Libraries for Life is expected to take over responsibility for the running of library services in December.