Over 3,000 people have already responded to the second phase of consultation into the future of Derby’s library service and, with just one month to go the Council wants to make sure everyone has their say.
Derby City Council is facing a further £45 million of government cuts. We need to consider whether savings can be made to the libraries budget while providing a library service which is flexible, modern and relevant to today’s and future customers.
Between November 2015 and February 2016 we consulted with you on ways of reducing our spending on libraries, while still protecting a service that is valued by thousands of people from across the city. Using information from the consultation and other sources we have developed four options for the future of the Library Service.
Councillor Martin Rawson, Cabinet Member for Communities and City Centre Regeneration, said:
So far more than 3,000 people have responded to our survey, but we want to hear from as many people as possible on what they think about the four options outlined in the consultation, as well as any other ideas they may have for the future of the library service in Derby. The resounding message from the first phase of consultation is that the majority of people want us to try our best to avoid closures, and so some of the proposed ways forward include community management in order to make this a reality. If you haven’t already taken part, please complete the survey and encourage friends and family to also have their say.
Anyone who lives, works or studies in Derby and has an interest in the Derby City Library Service can have their say online. Printed copies of the consultation are also available at all 15 Derby libraries as well as leisure centres, children’s centres and the Council House.
The online consultation closes at midnight on Wednesday 14th December (Monday 12th December is the last postage date for paper questionnaire replies) The results will be considered in Spring 2017. To find out more visit the Derby City Council Website.