Have your say on Library Services

A public consultation seeking local residents’ views on their local library services has opened.

Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, Cllr Jim Goodfellow, said: “The public library service has evolved greatly in recent years and is no longer simply about books and buildings but a service at the very heart of local communities. We are keen to hear from people what they enjoy and like about their local library and also what they would like to see added or improved.”

“Our staff within the libraries provide assistance on a wide range of services from advising users on suggested books or authors to read, to support in applying for travel passes through to IT assistance for customers using PCs or wishing to access the ever expanding resources available online including eBooks and tuition courses.”

“We know during periods of lockdown that families missed the popular Bookbug sessions for babies and young children and the reintroduction of these outdoor sessions recently booked up very quickly. It may be that people are seeking libraries to plan and hold more of these sessions, whether indoors or outdoors? Others may wish more events such as reminiscence groups, author visits, coding clubs etc. If you are a regular visitor or haven’t been to a local library for some time we are keen to hear your views.”

The consultation is available online on the council website: Library Survey. Paper copies are also available on request at any library. The consultation will run for six weeks, closing on Sunday 11 July.

Published: Wednesday, 2nd June 2021