Somerset Libraries Service Consultation 2018

I write to advise you that Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with
responsibility for libraries for Somerset County Council, made the
decision on the 18th January to go out to public consultation on the
future delivery of library services across Somerset.

A public consultation is now planned to start on Monday 29 January and
will last for 12 weeks, seeking to put the service on a sustainable
footing for the long-term, at a time when all our council budgets are
under enormous pressure.

Nine area proposals have been produced showing options on how to deliver
library services in individual communities going forward.

In summary, under the proposals, 15 of our 34 libraries would be seeking
community involvement to remain open. Where this is not possible,
services would instead be provided either through outreach in community
venues or through additional mobile library stops.  For a further seven
libraries, the County Council is consulting on two different options –
either to seek community involvement or to keep existing library
services as they currently are.

From MONDAY 29 JANUARY, members of the public, businesses and
organisations will be asked to read the proposals online
www.somerset.gov.uk/librariesconsultation [1]  and complete a
questionnaire, basing their responses on the library they visit most
often and putting forward possible alternative proposals for
consideration.

Library services will continue across Somerset whatever the response
from this consultation and no decisions will be made until after the
consultation concludes on 22 April and all results are fully analysed.
We expect to make a final decision in June/July.

The full decision to go to consultation paper can be viewed here:
http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?Id=632  Appendix
1 provides a summary of the proposals and Appendix 4 gives a schedule of
events across the county being held as part of the forthcoming
consultation.

If you have any questions about the proposals or the consultation
process, please email librariesmail@somerset.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

Sue Crowley
Strategic Manager , Libraries Service

STRATEGIC MANAGER LIBRARY SERVICES

COUNTY HALL

THE CRESCENT

TAUNTON

TA1 4DY

TEL: 01823 355429 MOBILE: 07977411581

EMAIL: SACROWLEY@SOMERSET.GOV.UK

29th January 2018