Library Strategy Consultation
Our library service is successful because it has constantly adapted to meet need. In these times of financial constraint, we will need to be even more innovative if we are to provide better services for less money.
To make sure we continue to meet the needs of local residents, we conducted a comprehensive review of our library service in Autumn and Winter 2010.
As part of this review we conducted an extensive public consultation. This exercise set out to invite comments and feedback from Barnet residents, library service users and non-users to help us design a new strategy for the library service
This strategy sets clear ambitions for our library service, aiming to:
• increase reading, literacy and learning opportunities for children
• promote literacy and learning opportunities for adults
• engage with communities and offer improved community spaces and resources
• provide easy access to a wider world of knowledge and information
We propose a range of changes to deliver these aspirations – accessible and well-designed buildings, longer opening hours, buying more books, offering more resources through an online branch, using new technology, developing more learning events with partners and volunteers and providing better community spaces.
More details can be found in the link to a summary of our strategy below.
Between April and June 2011 we conducted another extensive consultation to gather your views on the new strategy. This consultation was to ensure Barnet residents, users and non users agreed with what we had included in it, give residents an opportunity to raise any concerns, highlight anything we may have missed and ensure that that the stratgey met all the needs of our diverse communities.
What Happens Next
The consultation on the proposed library strategy has now closed and all feedback and survey responses have been analysed.
A report on the proposed Library Strategy was considered and approved by the Council’s Cabinet on 26 July 2011.
We would like to thank residents for taking part in this consultation programme.
- We Asked
- What you thought about our proposed Library Strategy for the future of Barnet Libraries
- You said
- Most respondents agreed with the Strategy's four objectives to: increase literacy and learning opportunities for children; promote literacy and learning opportunities for adults; engage with communities and offer improved community spaces; provide easy access to a wider world of information. A variety of views were expressed about the proposed changes to the library network. Some concerns were raised regarding changes to Friern Barnet and Hampstead Garden Suburb libraries.
- We did
- We have started to implement the proposals contained within the Library Strategy. A volunteer programme has been introduced and new adult reading group and literacy sessions have been developed with The Reader Organisation, a national reading charity. The Council has invited expressions of interest from the communities of Friern Barnet and Hampstead Garden Suburb for the local delivery of community library facilities.