The city council's Annual Library Plan has been awarded the highest assessment of 3 *** by the department of culture, media and sport.
Public Library Standards cover aspects such as opening hours, satisfaction of requests and spending on new books.
Since 1998 Liverpool's Libraries Service has:
* Become the UK's first major city to introduce Sunday opening -
(Introduced September 2000 - attracting 1,000 new members)
* Opened 3 new libraries
* Invested£250,000 in improving the book stock
* Introduced self service counters to reduce queues
As part of the three-year plan the council is to open a further two
libraries this year at Dovecot and Fazakerley, and by November 2002 to
establish ICT learning centres at all 24 libraries installing an extra 240
The DCMS report said: 'This is a good and well balanced plan ... it has
addressed regional and national issues (such as social inclusion and
lifelong learning) and demonstrates sound progress towards them.'
Kathy Johnson, acting head of Library services, said: 'We're delighted to
receive the government's highest mark. We have worked hard to improve our
libraries and upgrade facilities for the people of Liverpool.'
Cllr Frank Doran, executive member for leisure and tourism said: 'This
assessment proves that the government acknowledges that we are well on
the way to providing a library service worthy of a premier European
A copy of the Annual Library Plan is available for consultation at every