Outcome of consultation on Libraries Review

There were 3,978 responses to the consultation on the future of Libraries in the Borough, of which 95% were from current library users.   The main themes resulting from that consultation included the following: 

  • 48% used a library on a weekly basis
  • 84% said they went to a library to borrow items and 50% said to find information.
  • Users ‘satisfied’ with current service standards
  • 78%  thought that combining libraries and other services in one place within communities provided better services for customers
  • 75%  thought that the community should be able to use buildings for their own activities for a small fee
  • 61.7%  thought that volunteers should be able to get involved in the development and delivery of local library services alongside library staff
  • Co-location and self service should be developed

Bury Council’s review group will continue to work on the development of a draft vision and model of service delivery, which will then be the subject of another public consultation exercise.