Whether we call it partnership working, collaboration, co-location, resource sharing; libraries can’t any longer (if they ever could) 'go it alone'. For some time now we have seen libraries sharing premises with community centres, sports and leisure facilities, clinics and GPs’ surgeries, registrars, adult learning centres, council one stop shops, schools and more.
We believe there is no right or wrong answer to the question of whether such arrangements are beneficial to the service and its users – it all depends on how strategically it is implemented. Where co-location arrangements work best they are usually about much more than just saving costs through sharing a building. And proper joint-working across staff teams is essential to provide a holistic approach to the needs of service users.
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