Library service review (Phase two) and Community Asset Transfer

The Council has sought the views of both users and non-users of the library service in regard to 6 principles developed to guide the future of libraries in the borough. These principles were strongly supported in the results of a public survey (Survey 1) and in follow-up workshops (Survey 2) in Phase 1 of the Library Review.

For phase two of the review process, options for the possible configuration of the library service were put to Council Cabinet on Wednesday 25 January 2017. Those proposals were approved by Cabinet. The report to Cabinet and supporting documents can be viewed below. The third public survey for the Library Review has now closed.

Outcome of the third public survey

The third public survey began in February 2017. It involved an online and paper survey, presentations to Township Forums and meetings with community groups. The public survey was available for 12 weeks and asked people to choose between 2 options for the future of the Library Service.  2,693 surveys were submitted and the results, in brief, are as follows:


Number of responses in favour

Overall percentage

Option 1 Retain Bury, Ramsbottom and Prestwich Libraries plus a service wide team.



Option 2 Retain Bury, Ramsbottom, Prestwich and Radcliffe Libraries plus a  smaller service wide team.




No selection made.



Over a thousand comments were made on survey forms with additional comments coming in via email, letter and telephone. Those comments can be viewed in the spreadsheet below.

The final report to cabinet was heard on June 28 with a vote in favour of retaining Bury, Prestwich, Radcliffe and Ramsbottom libraries. The cabinet report is available to view in the downloads section below.  

Comments or questions about the Library Review can still be sent to the library suggestions inbox but they will now be too late to be included in the review process.

To see details of phase one of the review please see our main Library service review page.

Community Asset Transfer

Community Asset Transfer (CAT) is the reassigning of responsibility for council owned buildings to community groups, charities and not for profit organisations. The buildings can be used for a variety of purposes and the council will consider anything that can be seen to benefit the local community or even a wider catchment area. For more information, please see our Community Asset Transfer page.