Northamptonshire County Council’s library service has won the Best Council Services Team category in this year’s 2014 Municipal Journal awards.
The library service, which is called LibraryPlus to reflect the wide range of activities and information now on offer, was the only public library service to be shortlisted in this year’s awards across all categories.
Judges gave LibraryPlus the award because they recognised its achievements for providing an improved service to residents and proven customer satisfaction despite ongoing financial challenges, noting that Northamptonshire's transformation journey provides a route map for others to follow.
Councillor Robin Brown, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing said: "Congratulations to everyone in the library service, including both staff and our many volunteers, on winning this prestigious award.
"It’s an endorsement of the excellent work that has been carried out by the team to keep all of our libraries open, improve services and opening hours, all against the backdrop of very challenging financial times.”
As well as traditional library services, LibraryPlus offers children’s activities and homework clubs, job clubs, Enterprise Hubs and business advice as well as community services such as bus-pass renewals or food bank referrals.
The Municipal Journal award winners were announced on 19th June.