Help to Shape the Future of Bristol’s Library Service

Bristol City Council is currently reviewing the future of its library service across the city. Therefore, BCC are inviting everyone to take part in a first stage consultation about the future design of Bristol’s libraries.  They are holding face to face events across Bristol in November and December and would value views from across the diverse communities and interest groups of the city. 

Bristol libraries are well loved and highly valued by those that use them and many people see them as a symbol of their community. But, only 6% of citizens use the lending service regularly, so the service needs to be more useful and relevant to more people in Bristol. At the same time though, the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan sees a reduction of £1.1m revenue funding by 2016/17. 

The Council want to find out what people want from a future library service and to share their ideas and suggestions on how to develop an improved flexible, modern space for communities to learn and socialise in. 

The latest schedule of meetings can be found at: http://www.bristol.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/leisure_and_culture/libraries/your_local_library/central_library/Library%20consultation%20meetings%20-%20web%20version.pdf  – no need to book, please attend whichever meeting is most convenient to you or your organisation. They are not drop in sessions, but meetings for debate and discussion and will start at the advertised time. 

The Council have also launched an online survey which you are welcome to circulate to your contacts (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MMDNF3K) and web pages can be found at www.bristolfuturelibraries.co.uk for further information. 

At this stage, there are no proposals and no decisions have been made. The Council want to involve all the citizens of Bristol in designing a new library service.  This first stage of consultation will run until 2 February 2015 and the Council will consult on specific proposals between March and May 2015. 

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