Shaping North Ayrshire - Your Voice Your View

Review of Libraries, Halls & Centres

Background  - the journey so far 

In February 2018, Cabinet and the North Ayrshire Federation of Community Organisations (NAFCO) set up a short life working group to review community and library facilities by locality. 

The context was the:

  • financial demands facing the Council
  • reduction of Council property footprint
  • retention of valued services and activities where possible, in partnership with community partners

Locality Community Engagement sessions were held in Spring 2019 to establish what was important to the community for the future of Community Halls, Centres and Library Services. Options for each Community Facility and Library were developed, and the public asked their view in the Autumn of 2019. Further action was paused due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Summaries of the feedback gathered during both these engagements are available below.

The feedback from that early piece of work has been reviewed along with the learning about the effectiveness of the Covid-19 locality approach and how best to use the assets to support priorities, deliver services and build capacity in our communities. This has helped shape a revised, proposed plan for the future of libraries, halls and centres. The Locality Hub model focuses on providing quick, accessible and easy access to a range of services in the heart of communities,  has already transformed the way we engage with the citizens of North Ayrshire and is at the heart of this revised plan. We have included information about Locality hubs as part of the information relating to each building which can be accessed from the links below.

Context  - why this stage of the journey is important 

The purpose of the consultation is to gather the opinions of the local communities on the plan around the future roles of libraries, halls and centres. The opinions of our communities will be considered and taken into account when a final decision is taken by Elected Members at the Council Meeting scheduled on 9th June 2021, at which time feedback and consultation results will be published. 

Consultation process  - what’s happening now 

The consultation process will run throughout March and April, concluding at the start of May - offering 9 weeks for the community to get involved and have their say.  

You can have your say, access additional information and read over some frequently asked questions below. If you have any specific questions you would like to ask, please contact us at and we will do our best to help.  

Thank you for visiting and for taking part. 

Arran Locality

Garnock Valley Locality

Irvine Locality

Kilwinning Locality

North Coast Locality

3 Towns Locality