Reshaping Libraries Consultation

Contact

Email connectedlibraries@staffordshire.gov.ukconnectedlibraries@staffordshire.gov.uk

Status

Consultation is Open

Dates

Running from 8 January 2018 to 1 April 2018

Audiences

Businesses, Community/Faith Groups, Voluntary Organisations, Residents, Parents and Families, General public

Areas

Cannock Chase, City of Stoke-on-Trent, East Staffordshire, Lichfield area, Newcastle-under-Lyme area, South Staffordshire, Stafford area, Staffordshire Moorlands, Tamworth area

Interests

Libraries, Consultation & Feedback

Overview

Have your say on the future of Staffordshire's county council managed libraries.

We want to work with communities to continue to transform libraries in Staffordshire so they can better support people now and for years to come.  We are proposing a number of ways this may happen and want to hear your views.

 

Over the last three years, Staffordshire's Library Service has changed considerably following consultation with library users, library staff and the wider public.

The way in which people are using libraries continues to change.  The internet, for example, makes it easier for people to access information or download books to read and increasingly people are doing this.

Consequently the 20 county council Managed and Delivered Libraries in Staffordshire must continue to evolve to meet people's changing needs and expectations.

We also need to make savings and find new ways of working.  The county council's income is reducing while demand for our key services, such as social care for the most vulnerable, continues to increase.

Why we are consulting

The purpose of this consultation is to hear your views and comments on our proposals for how the 20 county council Managed and Delivered Libraries could operate in the future.

We remain committed to keeping our libraries open and flexible and through this consultation we want to discuss our ideas with communities and individuals to find the best ways to do this within the budget we have available.

Our ideas do not represent sweeping changes to the library service, but they are suggestions that enable libraries to remain sustainable and relevant to people's lives into the future. 

Ideas include using technology to extend opening hours with an automated service, working with communities to increase the number of community managed libraries and reviewing how the mobile and travelling library service is used. 

By taking part in the consultation you are helping to shape the final proposals that will be considered by the county council's Cabinet in 2018. 

How to take part

You can take part by completing the online survey below. 

Alternatively you can download a paper version of the survey and return it to:  Libraries Consultation, Libraries and Arts Service, Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Place 1, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH.  You can also hand in your completed survey at any library. 

Attend a consultation event between 16th January and 22nd March 2018 to tell a member of staff what you think.

Email your comments to connectedlibraries@staffordshire.gov.uk

Please read the supporting information before completing the survey.  The supporting information includes details of each of the proposals, frequently asked questions and a list of consultation events. 

If you are a young person, aged 19 or under, we've developed a shorter questionnaire for you to have your say

The closing date for receipt of completed surveys is Sunday 1st April 2018

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