Edinburgh Future Libraries strategy 2024 to 2029

The engagement phase of Future Libraries has now closed.

Thank you to all who took part in our online questionnaires and engagement exercises. Any respondent that has provided an email address will receive a copy of the report once completed. The report will also be available for download.

This page will continue to be updated with relevant information and the next steps of consultation process.

Background information

In December, the Council agreed to develop a new strategy and vision for Edinburgh’s Libraries to provide the framework for service delivery and development for public and school libraries over the next five years. You can read a copy of the full report considered by the Culture and Communities Committee and the agreed amendments

To help shape the new strategy and inform future proposals for change, it was agreed to carry out an engagement and consultation process to gather views and feedback on service provision. The first stage of this process took place between 26 January to 19 April, the first part of a two stage process.

Stage one

Engagement from January 2024 to April 2024. Citizens, stakeholders and colleagues were invited to share what works well and how we can improve the service for all our customers.

Stage two

Consultation from June 2024 to August / September 2024. To shape the draft strategy and any proposals for future change based on the feedback we gather from stage one and available budgets. 


A progress report was presented to the Council’s Culture and Communities Committee on 16 May 2024, which outlined key findings of the engagement and set out recommendations for the scope of consultation phase. This report was referred to full Council, which will meet on 27 June 2024. You can read the Future Libraries progress update.

A report will then be presented to the Council's Culture and Communities Committee in October 2024, setting out our draft Libraries strategy and any recommendations for change.

Future Libraries documents

Download the engagement plan for the Future Libraries strategy development, 2024 to 2029

Download the Integrated Impact Assessments for the Future Libraries strategy development, 2024 to 2029