Review of Cowra Library to make service more responsive

Cowra Council's Library services are being reviewed; Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West said.

Cowra Council, along with Orange, Cabonne, Blayney, and Forbes Councils, has been a member of Central West Libraries (CWL) based at Orange for forty years.

Under this arrangement, each member Council provides the buildings, maintenance and specified equipment with Orange City Council responsible for staff and books, resources, and overall administration.

"The review will examine ways to make Cowra Library more responsive to the needs of local users with greater community input while maintaining its traditional role as a place of information, learning, and reading enjoyment," Cr West said.

Each member council has been asked to consider various options after the current agreement ends in November 2018. At its meeting on April 24, Council agreed to advise Orange City Council that its preferred option was to retain the CWL branding with administration of the Cowra Library to be provided by Orange City Council with an agreed level of service focused on specific local needs, Library Committee member, Councillor Ruth Fagan explained.

"CWL provides an excellent and valuable service for Cowra residents, the intention of the review is not to reduce the services currently being provided, but rather to plan for the future and provide opportunities for a stronger local component for the Library," Cr Fagan said.

In adopting the preferred option, Council will be working with Orange City Council to develop an agreement to obtain the best possible result for the Cowra community, Cr Fagan said.

Cr West agreed, concluding "As the current agreement expires in 2018, we have sufficient time to work through all the necessary details."