Library consultations

Library Transformation Strategy

We want to transform Royal Borough Libraries in a way that responds to the changing needs in our communities and the positive changes and different delivery methods we’ve been able to experiment with in response to the pandemic.

We have undertaken a review of the service and have put forward proposals to reshape it in a way that builds on the good work already taking place in terms of digital development, community engagement and volunteering.

Libraries are a statutory service but it is up to local communities to determine how that service is delivered and how it should be shaped.

Please read the Summary of Impact on Physical Provision.

Please also read the full documentation: Library Transformation Strategy and related appendices.

The financial pressures on the Council are now greater than ever and very difficult decisions have to be made in order for the council to deliver a balanced budget, which it is required to do by law. Council tax cannot be raised above a nationally set level without a local Referendum. In the light of this, the library service is required to make £292K in savings.

Please read the Reduction Proposals.

Printable consultation publicity poster.

The consultation will be open until Friday 30 April 2021.

Implementation is proposed to commence between Wednesday 1 September 2021 and Friday 1 April 2022.

Have your say

Library Consultation: Public engagement sessions 

We are currently running a consultation on our Library Transformation Strategy.

Do you have any questions?

Would you like to discuss the proposals?

It is essential that residents views are heard and that alternative options are considered.

 We are holding a number of public engagement sessions. The date of the next public meeting will be announced here as soon as it is confirmed.

These sessions will take place on Microsoft Teams and a link will be sent out before the event starts.

Please make sure you have Microsoft Teams downloaded to join.