Devon County Council has confirmed that no library in Devon will close as a result of the cut in money allocated by government grant. The council now wants to know how residents will use the county’s libraries in the future in a bid to maximise access to the service across all 50 of its branches.
A public consultation starting this week will ask residents how and when they use libraries and what ideas they have to ensure the buildings could be better used by communities for other purposes. The council wants to match local opening hours to demand, to ensure that areas of similar populations have more equal service and to make sure resources are focused on busier times so people can access services when they need them most.
People will also be asked how they think communities could better support libraries, and their ideas on they could be better used by communities for other purposes in order to make full use of the buildings.
Devon County Councillor Stuart Barker, cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, has also extended an open invitation to library Friends groups across Devon to encourage local people to respond to the consultation and to make suggestions about how they can support their local library.
The public consultation will take place throughout April.
Surveys will be available in all of the county’s libraries and can be completed online at www.devon.gov.uk/libraries
People can also send comments to [email protected] or call 0845 155 1001. Surveys should be returned to any Devon Library by Saturday, May 7, or sent to Devon Libraries, Devon County Council, Great Moor House, Bittern Road, Sowton, Exeter, EX2 7NL
(from a press release)