More than 1,000 people have already expressed their views on the future opening hours of Warwickshire’s main libraries.
Just one week into the four week consultation on the opening hours of the county’s main libraries has attracted almost 700 online survey responses, and almost 500 written survey responses handed in to libraries.
The Warwickshire Library and Information Service blog www.libraryconsult.wordpress.com has been visited by almost 1,500 people in the first week, many of whom have clicked through to the online survey, general library opening hours proposal document, or the individual library plans.
The consultation got underway on Monday, November 14, and runs for four weeks until Sunday, December 11, asking local people to decide on the opening hours of the following libraries:
The consultation is on the future pattern of opening hours for libraries remaining under the Library and Information Service control.
The public consultation, offering two options, is available in paper and electronic formats. The majority vote from the public will decide the future opening hours of the library – the library customers will decide.
There are two exceptions: Warwick’s new opening hours will match Shire Hall’s opening hours, and Stockingford’s opening hours will match those of the Early Years Centre.
The new opening hours will be introduced from March 31. More details will be available at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/libraries and www.libraryconsult.wordpress.com
Cllr Colin Hayfield, Portfolio-holder for Customers, Access and Physical Assets, said: “We have taken the decision that our customers will decide the opening hours of the libraries. The majority vote will be the option we go with.
“I’d therefore encourage as many people as possible to engage with this consultation, either via the web, or by popping in to your local library and completing a survey.”
Meanwhile, Warwickshire County Council continues to work closely with community groups around the county developing new community libraries. All of these should be open and operational by April 1, 2012.
The transformation of the Library and Information Service is a part of the general financial savings, where Warwickshire County Council must cut spending by more than £70 million over the next three years. As part of the savings plan, the Library and Information Service budget will reduce by £2 million.