Mobile Library Consultation Ends Tomorrow

Staffordshire mobile libraryConsultation over the future of Staffordshire’s mobile and travelling library service ends tomorrow, (Wednesday Sept 2).

Since July 1st people have been able to give their opinions at one of the service’s regular stops, or at one of 36 drop-in sessions across Staffordshire, but there’s still time to submit a response online or by completing a form at one of the county’s 43 libraries.

The initial proposal concentrates on prioritising the service for those who need it most. Suggestions include retaining popular stops, which are more than two miles from a library building, and maintaining a service for deprived areas.

The catalyst for the review was research which showed In the 12 month period ending April 2014, less than one per cent of the county’s population borrowed an item from the mobile or travelling service at a cost of almost £7 every time someone steps on to a library vehicle.

Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Learning & Skills, said, “We aim to continue to provide a good mobile library service but one that is more focused on areas of need and takes into account the changing use of libraries and new technology such as E-books.

“We want to hear from different communities about how these proposals will affect them and how they think things can be done differently.”

Final proposals will be considered by cabinet and any changes will be implemented in April 2016. More information about the proposals can be found at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/mobilelibraries.

A previously approved review of opening hours has also been held over the same period at five libraries in Tamworth, Newcastle, Burton, Lichfield and Penkridge.  That consultation concludes a review of opening hours for all of the council managed and delivered libraries across the county.

More information about that can be found at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/openinghours.

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