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Library Service Review - Phase 1

The Council is carrying out a review of library services. The documents below relate to phase 1 of the consultation. We are now consulting in phase 2. 

The way people use libraries is changing. Instead of relying on their local library to access books and information, today people have a range of options, like e-books or the internet for example. At the same time Councils everywhere are having to make major savings as a result of Government cuts in funding.

We need to save £39 million over the next three years to 2019. We also want to create a modern and fit-for-purpose library service, well-used by local residents because it provides the services they want.

Phase 1 of the Council's review is underway. We want to hear from as many people as possible to find out how they are using the library service.

Hard copies are also available at libraries, leisure centres, children's centres and the Civic Offices.

Consultation runs until 10am on Monday 23 November. Feedback will help us develop the proposals for the future library service. You can then have your say on these proposals in Phase 2 of the consultation in Spring 2016. Final decisions will be made in Summer 2016.

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