Reshaping Libraries Consultation - Young People's Questionnaire

Closed 1 Apr 2018

Opened 8 Jan 2018


Tell us what the libraries of the future should look like.

Libraries have changed a lot over the years.  Fewer people are using libraries because they have changed the way they access books, find information and socialise.  Far more people use online services, for example. 

Also, the county council now has less money, so it's important that all services are well used and continue to be used.  The county council understands that libraries are important to people, so it wants to protect them and make sure they are still available for everyone in the future. 

Over the last 3 years our libraries have changed to better suit what people want and 23 of them are, or will be, managed by local communities by April 2018.  Our county council managed libraries need to change more.  There are no plans to close libraries, but we need to decide together how they'll work in the future.

People are being asked for their views on what the council is proposing.  The proposals are to:

  • Support 4 county council managed libraries to become more flexible by becoming community managed libraries.
  • Increase the number of volunteers in county council managed libraries to work alongside paid staff.
  • Introduce 'self-service' technology to appropriate county council managed libraries to maintain and possibly extend opening hours.  Young people under 16 years would need to be accompanied by an adult to use the technology beyond library staffed hours.
  • Reduce the number of stops the Mobile and Travelling Library Service makes so that we have the resource to continue to visit those communities that need and use the service the most.

The questionnaire has now closed.  Thank you to everyone who took part and shared their views.   

Further information and updates will be available as work on shaping the library services moves forward.  


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