People in England love libraries. More than half of the UK population has a current library card and, with 225 million physical visits to public libraries in England in 2015 and 96 million visits to websites, they are one of our most popular and trusted public services.
In 2014, the government published William Sieghart’s Independent Library Report for England. This called for clear local decision-making and a national strategy to secure the future of public libraries in England. This draft Ambition document is the answer to that call. It has been produced by the Leadership for Libraries Taskforce a partnership of organisations committed to delivering a successful and vibrant future for public libraries in England – at the request of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). National government has supported the development of this document, but as a draft produced by the Taskforce it is not a statement of government policy at this stage.