Essex County Council – Four Year Vision for Essex Libraries to become a reality

Ambitious plans for a vibrant, modern and sustainable Library Service will now become a reality as the County Council’s four-year plan gets the green light.

Essex County Council’s (ECC) Cabinet has today, Tuesday 19 April, approved ‘Everyone’s Library Service 2022-2026′, marking the next step in an exciting future for the county’s libraries.

This follows an 8-week public consultation that took place between November 2021 and January 2022 where thousands of residents shared their views on the draft plan.

Feedback received was used to mould the final plan approved today, which can be found at

Helping children and adults improve their literacy, encouraging people to enjoy reading for pleasure and increasing the range of online resources available to customers are just some of the commitments in the plan.

It also commits to keeping all 74 libraries open with investment in training and the upskilling of existing library staff.

The plan also sets out three key aims for the next four years and details how these will be achieved.

Library Service and Literacy

  • Improving Literacy for children and adults and creating ‘Literacy Areas’ in every Essex Library by the end of June.
  • Supporting children in becoming school ready.
  • Offering up to date and refreshed stock and resources.
  • Delivering a programme of exciting events in the libraries.
  • Upskilling Staff and working with volunteers to enhance the service.

Communications and Infrastructure

  • Improving communications with residents so they know what is on offer and working to attract new users.
  • Investing in our spaces so they are vibrant, accessible and flexible.
  • Ensuring our buildings are as ‘green’ as can be.

Supporting our communities and levelling up

  • Making sure no one is left behind by expanding our outreach and community involvement.
  • Enhancing employability, wellbeing, culture and arts through bringing people together.
  • Encouraging greater footfall, including welcoming new users through exciting new activities.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community, Equality, Partnerships and Performance, Cllr Louise McKinlay said:

“Following consultation with residents, ‘Everyone’s Library Service 2022-2026′, the county council’s final Library Plan, has now been approved by Cabinet.

“This is an important moment for our Library Service and signifies the start of new and exciting opportunities for residents.

“The plan will help create a service that is modern, vibrant and sustainable, with improved access, better facilities and more opportunities for local people.”


Cllr Peter Schwier | Deputy Cabinet Member to the Leader / Climate Czar

Hedingham Division, Essex County Council

Renewal, Equality & Ambition

        Safer, Greener, Healthier



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