Get involved in our conversation about local libraries

We're appealing to people who visit their local library to browse, borrow, access a range of activities or use it as a social meeting place…to have their say on the proposed changes to libraries services.

Our 12-week consultation is now up and running, where local communities can give their views via the online survey, to help to shape the future of Barnsley's library services.

Residents have until Friday 21 September to complete the survey. Those unable to complete the survey online can pick up a paper copy from one of Barnsley's libraries.

The new proposals published today, have been designed based on feedback from local communities and performance, for example, the number of books issued, visits and use of computers, as well as considering evidence of need in the local area.

During the consultation, people are being asked to comment on the proposed changes which include reduced opening hours at quieter times. However, there is the ability to have extended opening hours whereby community groups can access the building on closed days on a trusted key holder basis to use the building for meetings and activities, resulting extending access to a community building.

As well as setting out the preferred opening hours option for libraries, the consultation asks for members of the public to comment on the draft library strategy which sets out our vision for libraries to be community hubs and a vibrant part of our communities.

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: "We recognised that our communities value their local library and the staff delivering the service. We're creating a modern, dynamic and adaptable, efficient service that better meets people's needs.

"The proposals do not set out to close any existing libraries, but we need to consider the options on how we might best achieve the libraries review savings of £165,000.

"To do this, we have to work in partnership with our communities to support people to live healthy, resilient and fulfilling lives and create hubs that inspire young and old to be the best they can be.

"Your views matter to us, and we want as many people as possible to give us their options on the future of our library services."

"Feedback will be reviewed, and we'll make the decision by January 2019, and any changes will be made in April 2019."

More information on the consultation, including a list of frequently asked questions, can be found by visiting barnsley.gov.uk/letstalklibraries.

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