Taking a fresh look at how we use libraries

December 01 2014

A CITY-WIDE consultation, giving people a say on the future of Bristol's libraries, has been launched by the council.

A CITY-WIDE consultation, giving people a say on the future of Bristol's libraries, has been launched by the council.

Bristol City Council is encouraging members of the public to share their ideas and suggestions on how to develop libraries for communities to learn and socialise.

The consultation has come about following the council recording a "very low" usage of Bristol's traditional library services.

Mayor George Ferguson said: "Our libraries are treasured traditional institutions which are fundamental in developing language, literacy, skills and community cohesion.

“We need to look at how we can reach more people with a better service in a time of limited resources."

A website has been launched - www.bristolfuturelibraries.co.uk - to allow Bristol residents to express views on the current library service, as well as gather suggestions for what they would like to see in the future.

Meetings will also be held at libraries and neighbourhood partnership meetings.

The feedback gathered from the consultation will be used to shape the council’s Bristol Libraries for the Future proposals. A second consultation will begin until May 2015.

The final plan is expected to be agreed in June 2015.