Have your say on Bromley library service consultation

Published Monday, 1 December 2014

Consultation is now underway on the future of Bromley’s library service.

Library users are being asked to provide their views on proposals for Community Management at the six community libraries in the borough and market testing for the management of the core service. The news follows a recommendation from a council R&R Policy Development Scrutiny committee and a review of the library service which includes these options to modernise the service and make improvements, while making savings and protecting the core service. For more information and to comment via the survey visit www.bromley.gov.uk/libraries.

“I would like to reassure library users that we are committed to doing all we can to keep libraries open while having to make very tough decisions at a time of financial austerity. The proposals for Community Management of some libraries and market testing of the core service will allow us to maintain a modern and efficient service. Please visit the website to fill in a survey or help will be available if required at your local library” said Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation. 

Consultation will take place with library users and staff from today until Monday 2 February 2015 on the development of Community Management options at the borough’s Community Libraries which are Burnt Ash, Hayes, Mottingham, Shortlands, Southborough and St Paul’s Cray. This option aims to enable these libraries to remain open and tailored to the needs of the local community, despite the current financial restraints faced. The results of the consultation will be considered in Spring 2015. 

Consultation will also be undertaken on market testing the core service in order to protect the service, keeping libraries open, while making savings. Subject to the outcome of the consultation, the core library service will be subject to a full outsourcing market testing exercise, which will be taken in line with any decisions taken regarding the Community Library management options. 

Around the borough, recent investment into a modern library service includes the new Penge library which opened in August, the Biggin Hill dual use library and swimming pool which opened in 2010 and the new Orpington library which opened in July 2011, with increased visitor numbers and book borrowing. These new facilities underline the strategy of modernising the library service, increasing efficiency and creating a service for the 21st century.

For further information visit www.bromley.gov.uk/libraries.  

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Notes to editors:

  • Council savings of more than £60 million must be made from an overall budget of around £206 million over the next four years.
  • For media enquiries, please contact Jennifer Gordon, Communications Officer, on 020 8313 4314 or email jennifer.gordon@bromley.gov.uk