Towards the end of last year, we published the findings of research into the Library of the Future and one thing that was very apparent was that the public are looking to libraries to innovate.
In a recent blog post for CILIP, Axiell customer and LLC member with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Kate Pitman, spoke of how the Idea Store concept has helped their service adapt to the harsh seas faced by the public sector in the 21st Century.
In 1999, this innovation began as the library services and adult and community education services came to together to create the first Idea Store.
With additional services now offered; including health, digital learning and employability (among others); Idea Stores achieved a rating of ‘good’ or ‘very good’ from 92% of people in last year’s CIPFA Public Library User Survey.
Indeed, in our research, we found that 89% of people agree that libraries are an important part of the community and perhaps found further evidence for the continued success of the Idea Store concept.
Our research showed the public’s belief that libraries need to become “a place where learning is initiated, explored and shared” and it is clear that Idea Stores have achieved this by integrating learning services.