Got an idea to improve our libraries? Have your say in the Future Libraries Ideas Lab

We know that people value local libraries but with less funding available we will have to find different ways to deliver our library services. So we’re inviting your ideas on how we could do things differently.

You might have an idea about how we can save money, about what we should focus our library services on achieving, or how we can generate the greatest impact from our libraries by attracting more people to use them.

The Ideas Lab at is the online space for you to share your ideas. You can also vote yes and no on ideas shared by others that you agree and disagree with, or add additional comments.

Our Future Libraries Ideas Lab is just one way that we are engaging with residents to ensure as many people as possible have their chance to have their say. The future shape of library services came under the spotlight during a successful event at the British Library attended by more than 100 users and residents who heard an expert panel give their views. Many then took the opportunity to meet and speak to library staff following the debate to share their own ideas about the future of libraries.

This was the start of the discussions we will be having over the next six months with library users, local communities and partners about how it can reshape local library provision with less resource.

Have your say. Share your ideas at or at your local library, to help shape the proposals that will be put forward as part of the formal consultation process to commence in June.