We want to hear your feedback and thoughts on proposed new opening hours for our libraries.
We had planned to consult earlier this year but this was paused in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Councillor Samantha Rayner, deputy leader of the council and lead member for leisure and resident services, says: “It is vital that we hear your thoughts about libraries but we also need to consider how they will be used going forward and if there are ways we can adapt or change them to reflect their current usage.
“There was already an excellent digital offering as an alternative, for many, to physical visits to our buildings. We’ve seen this become even more popular during the lockdown period and we should consider that when reviewing opening hours as it will help with reducing running costs.
“Our libraries provide a wonderful range of support via community and volunteer groups as well as a mobile library service and an online book reservation service so we need to gather all views on how we can best serve our residents.”
The consultation will run until 30 November 2020 and the feedback gathered will be used to inform the cabinet paper in January 2021.
You can fill in the consultation online.
If you would like a physical copy of the consultation please email Angela.Huisman@RBWM.gov.uk or call 07717 693031.