Library service review

Why Bury Council is reviewing its library service

In response to the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review, the Council must find ways of delivering savings over the next four years. The Council remains committed to retaining a high quality library service, but anticipates that there will be changes.

However the Council will continue to provide a service that meets its legal duties, including to its more vulnerable residents and to groups protected by equalities legislation. It will support the aspirations of residents of all ages for lifelong learning, access to books and information.

In reviewing the service, the Council will consider how technologies, including computers and digital services, can continue to improve the library service. The Council will look at the contribution the library service can make to helping everyone take advantage of these technologies.

The Council recognises the importance of libraries as community spaces. The review will explore options for strengthening their role in meeting community needs.

Phase one

The survey (Survey 1)

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey in phase one of the public consultation (13 June to 5 September 2016). We received over 4,000 responses which have now been analysed. The results are available below along with an outline of the next steps in the review process, as detailed in the paper that went to the Council Cabinet meeting on 19 October 2016. Also attached below are copies of all the additional comments submitted in response to questions 8 and 17,  

Review workshops (Survey 2)

Between 15 November and 1 December 2016 the library service ran workshops as part of phase one of the service review process. Thank you to everyone who gave up their time to attend. We have now collated your comments and suggestions and they are available to view in the documents below. For information, Diamond 9 is a ranking exercise where people are asked to rank 9 things in order of preference. 

Phase two

For details of the next steps in the library service review, please see the Library service review (Phase two) page.