Public Libraries 3.0?

June 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm 1 comment

By Sarah Gillinson

Public libraries are a hot topic – the coalition government want local communities to consider running them and elsewhere, the naysayers are suggesting that in the digital age, their time is up.

Croydon Council see this context as a challenge, not a problem. They have commissioned Innovation Unit to work with them, using the radical efficiency model, to help push their thinking on the role and function of libraries of the future – and what that means for where they are situated and the services they offer.

If you would like to hear more about this work, or to explore how radical efficiency could be used to help you solve local public service challenges, please contact me at


Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services, Innovation Policy, Local Authorities, Local Innovation, Public Services, Radical Efficiency.

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  • 1. Raj Cheema  |  June 25, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Enjoyed reading this short blog Sarah. And what a great opportunity for innovation this is. Local libraries could be providing such a broad range of services. My local library is really lacks inspiration – there really is not much on offer apart from books, internet access and the odd notice of a book club being set up.

    I really like Birmingham’s central library – great space – art exhibitions, kids clubs, internet and computer zones – it feels alive and a space people enjoy using. You should check it out.


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