Consultation on Redditch libraries begins

December 15, 2018 by  

A consultative process with regard to Redditch’s libraries is underway.

The modernisation of library services in Redditch is being steered by Worcestershire County Council. The overall budget for the libraries is likely to be reduced going forward. Printing services can help organisations to engage with the public.

Seven years ago, the council embarked on a radical transformation plan. This involved getting the library service to become more efficient. One method of achieving progress was to ensure that several buildings were used for more than one purpose. Imaginative solutions are on the cards again.

All the libraries within the boundaries of the county will be visited during the consultation. Lucy Hodgson, a councillor with a responsibility for communities, is clear that all library users are welcome at the events under discussion. She told the Redditch Standard:

“We want to hear your great ideas and they will shape how libraries are run in the future. These are drop-in sessions so there’s no need to book, just turn up.”

One option that has been floated is the employment of self-service technology. The hope is that this move might cut costs. It has been suggested that self-service machines may be introduced, which may lead to the extension of opening hours.

It is possible for citizens to contribute to the big conversation about libraries via the internet. Some people may prefer to express their opinions in person.