Northamptonshire library service nominated for award after meeting challenges of cost-cutting

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The county library service has been shortlisted for an award after being praised for “transforming” the service despite on-going financial challenges.

The service has been nominated in the Best Council Services Team category in the 2014 Municipal Journal awards.

A spokeswoman for Northamptonshire County Council said the library service, which is called LibraryPlus, is the only public library service to be shortlisted in this year’s awards across all categories.

“Judges shortlisted LibraryPlus for this award because they recognised that it has achieved an improved service to residents and proven customer satisfaction despite ongoing financial challenges,” she added.

“As well as traditional library services, LibraryPlus offers children’s activities and homework clubs, job clubs, Enterprise Hubs and business advice as well as community services such as bus-pass renewals or food bank referrals.”

Deputy leader and cabinet member for customers and communities, Councillor Heather Smith, said: “Being shortlisted for this award is an endorsement of the transformation achieved by our library service to become LibraryPlus.

“At the same time as facing up to very challenging financial times, we have kept all of our libraries open, we have improved services and have a greater range available plus we now open on Sundays too. This is all thanks to the hard work and dedication shown by everyone involved with LibraryPlus, including our staff and our hundreds of volunteers.”

The Municipal Journal award winners will be announced on June 19.