Over the last few months Staffordshire County Council has been finding out what people think about their library service and what they want from it in the future.
The library service has changed enormously in recent years – not least due to the impact of the internet on the way we access information and socialise. Fewer people are visiting libraries and fewer books are being borrowed, and across the entire council we also need to look at whether we are spending every penny of taxpayers’ money as well as we can and on the things that people really want. For all these reasons the library service needs to keep changing, to keep pace with the way local people live, and we want local people and library users to be involved in this evolution.
We held drop in sessions in our main libraries and promoted the conversation through the media and social media, generating a fantastic response. The County Council received more than 1,300 responses which are now being analysed.
Cllr Mike Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Communities and Localism said:
I’d like to thank everybody who took part in the conversation. We will be using those views to develop proposals for the future of our library service, which we will consult on with local people in the summer.