Have your say on the future of the library service

Published Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Library users and residents are being encouraged to respond to consultation about proposed changes to the management of Bromley’s library service, in response to challenging financial circumstances.

The consultation, which is also open to those who work or study in the borough, runs until the autumn and seeks views on the council’s proposals for a commissioned library service.  The council already commissions a range of different services, with this latest proposal meaning that the library service could be managed by an external provider under the supervision of the council. 

“We have a long and proud record of investing in new libraries and we also have a reputation for sound financial management.  There is growing market interest in running library services and this approach may ultimately represent best value for money.  The continuing financial reality for all local authorities, including Bromley, is that savings must be found in each and every service and the library service is not an exception.  However, before the council makes a decision, we want to hear from residents and library users alike” said Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation.

The proposal to seek an external provider to operate Bromley’s libraries could produce savings which will help to protect the current library services.  The proposal builds on around 8 weeks of consultation at the beginning of the year and follows a joint market testing exercise with Bexley Council.

The latest 8 week consultation allows respondents to offer their opinions and suggestions about the future of the library service.  The responses will then be considered alongside other factors about whether to progress with a commissioned approach for the library service. As part of the consultation, the council is also especially interested to hear any alternative ideas that could significantly reduce the council’s costs at libraries. 

Responses are invited through an online survey at www.bromley.gov.uk/consultation or alternatively, paper versions of the survey are available in all Bromley libraries.  Responses should be submitted by 16 September 2015.

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