Press Release – Auckland Council
Changes in library services over the next 10 years to meet the demands of population growth, demographic change, and the digital revolution are covered in a major report – Auckland Libraries’ Future Directions 2013-2023.
The Regional Development and Operations Committee heard that while physical libraries will continue to be important, the “digital library” will see the most significant growth and change, putting the library “in every pocket” by 2023.
The report – Te Kauroa – Future Directions – says the publishing shift to downloadable media is already shaping the nature and delivery of library services.
Library spaces are also changing to become multipurpose community facilities that contribute to place-making and community connections, offering space for people to share ideas and create new knowledge.
There will be a focus on children and young people so that every child in Auckland has the opportunity to experience the magic of reading and discovery that libraries offer, the report says.
It adds that new types of spaces and delivery options will be trialled as well as new programmes and services that contribute to Maori wellbeing and reflect different Pacific communities and new settlers.
The rapid growth in hand-held devices will also help the integration of heritage and research collections into the daily lives of Aucklanders
“Auckland’s libraries are among the best-loved and respected of all council services,” said committee chair Councillor Ann Hartley
“With an eye toward creating the world’s most liveable city, this project shows how we can continue to make library services available to all while recognising changing demographics and the dramatic shifts society is adopting.”