How can we make sure our libraries remain treasured?

February 02 2015

RESIDENTS are being reminded to have their say about the future of Bristol's libraries.

RESIDENTS are being reminded to have their say about the future of Bristol's libraries.

The council launched the city-wide consultation in November, and is encouraging local people to take part in the survey before the closing date on February 2.

The proposal to cut over £1m from the city's library budget came about following the council recording of "very low usage" of traditional services.

Over 4,000 questionnaires have already been completed, but the council is particularly keen to reach young people, and those people who do not use the service.

Bishopston councillor, and assistant mayor for neighbourhoods, Daniella Radice, said: "The consultation is a real opportunity to help shape the future of Bristol's libraries.

“I spent a lot of time in libraries when I was young, but we didn’t have the internet then. However, there are lots of things that a library can do that the internet can’t.

“Libraries are vital, and treasured hubs for our communities, but they need to adapt to remain sustainable.”

The council has stressed that no decisions have yet been made. 

A second consultation will begin in May and a final plan is expected to be agreed on in June. 

To have your say, visit: www.bristolfuturelibraries.co.uk