In consultation with local authorities in Wales, the Welsh Government has drawn up guidance on what requirements community managed libraries must meet in order to be considered as part of a local authority’s statutory service, and also whether they can be included in the Welsh Public Library Standards (WPLS) returns for 2014-15 performance.
The Guidance on Community Managed Libraries and the Statutory Provision of Public Library Services in Wales document outlines the criteria which community managed libraries should meet in order to be included as part of the statutory library service. These criteria are the 18 core entitlements in the Welsh Public Library Standards fifth framework (Making a difference). The entitlements cover a range of services and facilities which members of the public can expect to be provided by any public library service in Wales.
The guidance also provides detail on the 18 core entitlements in relation to the WPLS and how authorities should gather usage information from appropriate community libraries in order to complete their WPLS return.
The document Community managed libraries and the statutory provision of public library service in Wales can be downloaded from the page about the WPLS on the Welsh Government website (and is also available in Welsh as Canllawiau ynghylch Llyfrgelloedd a Reolir gan Gymunedau a Darpariaeth Statudol Gwasanaethau Llyfrgelloedd Cyhoeddus yng Nghymru) . The guidance fulfills recommendation 9 of the Expert Review of Public Libraries in Wales 2014.