Streamlined libraries keep standards high in Cornwall
Cornwall's libraries have signed up to a national scheme to help book lovers and other users get more out of the service.
Yesterday Janene Cox, president of the Society of Chief Librarians, said four "universal offers" will for the first time be rolled out across libraries in England and Wales.
The universal offers include health, reading, information and digital and have been developed by the Society, Arts Council England and The Reading Agency.
According to the society the four subjects relate to areas library users regard as vital to libraries.
The aim of the new bid is to clarify what members of the public should be able to expect from their local library.
Activities or events offered by libraries will fit one of the four offers.
Sue Benjamin-Fast, business and development manger for Face to Face Services in Cornwall, said many elements of the scheme area already up and running in the county's libraries.
She said: "Our branches are already encouraged to target their activities and events to the four universal offer priority areas of reading, health, information and digital support.
"The universal offer ensures that neighbouring authorities are supporting the same things at the same time, enabling us to work together to raise the profile of the excellent work done in our libraries."
Council leader Jim Currie said libraries were a vital resource for local communities and it was important they evolve to keep users happy.
He said: "I am very pleased that Cornwall is part of the universal reading offer.
"These are difficult times but because of the offer we can continue to deliver a high standard of service to the people of Cornwall.
"It will also help libraries to respond to the needs of local communities through our work with partners and community groups.
"Our first event under the reading offer will be National Libraries Day on February 9. National Libraries Day is a celebration of libraries of all kinds."