Reshaping Libraries Consultation - Young People's Questionnaire

Closes 1 Apr 2018

Opened 8 Jan 2018


Tell us now 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.

We won't decide anything until after we've looked at the results of the consultation, but we need to hear the views of young people.

We know that libraries are important places for young people.  That's why it's really important that you have your say on how you use your libraries and the online services and what you think about the changes that might happen to your library.

You can read more about exactly what is proposed for county council libraries at:

Have your say before 1st April 2018 when the consultation ends!

We've produced a really short questionnaire that's designed for young people.  It will only take a few minutes to fill in.

So do it now and help shape the libraries of the future!

This is how you can tell us what you think:

To get the survey in Easy Read, large print, Braille or something else please email: or phone 0300 111 8000.

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