Saving Devon's libraries for our - and their - future

Children taking time out in their local library

Libraries are about much more than books. The one in Bovey Tracey hosts a Sure Start toddlers group while many come to log onto the Internet or borrow a DVD.

Book lending still remains a core service with more than 138,000 people using Devon libraries in 2012/13

The number of people using libraries has been falling, but there's no doubting the support they have.

Devon wants to see more use of libraries, while making further cuts of £1.5 million. A public consultation is underway on proposals for libraries in larger centres to become community hubs. They'll not only provide library services and access to the internet, they'll also provide for support adult learning and help for local business.

28 smaller libraries, like Bovey Tracey, will have books and management services but can't rely solely on council support.

Solutions could include bringing in volunteers or sharing space with other companies Credit: ITV News West Country

Volunteers are already providing vital help at the smallest libraries. Chudleigh has a volunteer coming in for every session to help the single member of staff.

Workers at Bovey Tracey are already looking at other ideas.

The consultation will run until 17 July, and proposals will go before Devon County Council’s Cabinet in September. You can find out more here.

You can watch John Andrew's report on the library consultation below: