HOW libraries can be used to benefit communities across Conwy over the next five years has gone up for discussion.

Conwy County Borough Council has launched a consultation over its Library and Information 2021-2026, which sets out its approach to improving library services. Library users, partner organisations and interested parties are encouraged to get involved and share their views by taking part in the consultation.

The draft strategy includes plans for a community hub in the west end of Abergele, relocating Colwyn Bay Library and providing outreach services in rural communities.

Over recent years, it has been a council priority to develop libraries into community hubs that provide a wide range of services and activities, including Conwy Culture Centre, more varied library opening hours, mobile library routes and the establishment of five community libraries.

The draft Library and Information Strategy 2021-26 states council priorities during the period will be to:

• Contribute to the delivery of the Conwy Culture Strategy through supporting an active programme of cultural activities

• Participate in a feasibility study, identified as part of the master plan, for a community hub in the west end of Abergele

• Bring Conwy Council customer facing services in Colwyn Bay together, by assessing the potential for relocating Colwyn Bay Library to Coed Pella

• Continue the development of Conwy Culture Centre

• Evaluate the Community Library model after five years in existence. Agree a sustainable model for the next five years in partnership with town and community councils

• Continue to work in partnership with health and social care to explore the range of opportunities library spaces and resources provide to support mental health and wellbeing

• Increase the use of technology to improve access to Council information services.

• Develop services for communities that are remote from Council services, by using the Mobile and Home Library.

The consultation began on Monday, May 24 and ends on July 18.