Have your say on the future of libraries

Libraries plan Published Thursday, 10th January 2019

People are being reminded to have their say on the future of libraries as part of the County Council's public consultation running at the moment.

Considerable progress has been made over recent years in modernising Worcestershire's library services to ensure value for money.

A Libraries' Transformation programme was launched by the Council in 2011 which has seen over £3.7m of efficiency savings made through community support for libraries, sharing library buildings with other local services, making changes to the Mobile Library service, streamlining staff and management structures, investing in self-service technology and modernising stock buying and delivery.
 
This change across libraries needs to continue in response to new financial challenges, developments in technology and changing customer needs and expectations. Communities are now being given the opportunity to play an increasingly important role in how their local libraries are run.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "We've had almost 1,200 responses so far to the consultation which is great.

"But we want to hear from even more people about what they think their libraries should look like in the future and to get their views on the options that we are proposing.

"If you haven't yet, please take part in the consultation and have your say. We've made it easier to use so people can just comment on the libraries that they care about the most and use."

As the financial pressures grow on the County Council, libraries must continue to evolve in order to provide modern services for residents and ensure value for money.
The consultation, which can be found online here https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=154410211487, has been extended up the end of Thursday, February 28.

Alternatively, if anyone wants to send their comments in by email, send them to librariesconsultation@worcestershire.gov.uk

A final decision on the future of libraries will be made in June 2019.

Drop-in sessions at libraries have almost finished, with the final one taking place at Warndon Library tomorrow (Friday) from 11.30am to 1.30pm.