Decision details

Consultation on Hillingdon's Library Strategy

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes




That the Cabinet:


1.    Approves Hillingdon Library Service’s draft Strategy 2023-27 in Appendix 1 for consultation;

2.    Agrees as part of this, to consult on new tiered library opening hours as set out in the report and;

3.    Agrees to receive the final Library Strategy 2023-2027 at a later meeting, informed by the findings from the proposed consultation process.


Reasons for decision


Cabinet agreed to consult on a draft library service strategy which would set out

a clear vision for the service for the next five years along with proposals for updated tiered opening hours at libraries.


The Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services noted how the strategy would keep libraries at the heart of the Borough’s communities, not only with good access to books and digital service, but to provide a broader programme of community activity in the coming years, supporting residents’ health and wellbeing.


The Cabinet Member thanked the Library and Communication Teams in preparing the readable draft strategy and the Leader of the Council welcomed the investment in libraries by the Council.


Alternative options considered and rejected


Cabinet could have decided to have no strategy in place, or propose alternate opening times for libraries.


Relevant Select Committee

Residents’ Services

Expiry date for any scrutiny call-in / date decision can be implemented (if no call-in)

5pm, Friday 24 February 2023

Officer(s) to action

Darren Deeks






The report and any background papers relating to this decision by the Cabinet are available to view on the Council's website or by visiting the Civic Centre, Uxbridge.




Publication date: 17/02/2023

Date of decision: 16/02/2023

Decided at meeting: 16/02/2023 - CABINET

Effective from: 25/02/2023

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