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Help Somerset County Council shape your Library Service

Free Internet usage for library users, extending the current outreach service, phasing out CD loans and changing the mobile library service are some of the proposals the people of Somerset are being invited to comment on. 

Somerset County Council has proposed a number of changes to the Library Service that residents can now share their views on. None of the proposals will see any library buildings closing, but would save the authority nearly £500,000, helping the council to continue to protect the most vulnerable in our society.

Information sessions will be held across the county giving people the opportunity to learn more about the proposed changes and what they will mean for their local library.

Proposals include seeing wi-fi installed in all libraries across the county, outreach services expanded for those who cannot visit a library, phasing out the lending of CDs, making changes to how the Performing Arts Library Service is delivered and introducing criteria for mobile library visits. A number of internal changes to the management of the library service will also contribute to the savings.

Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries said, “I encourage everyone in Somerset to complete the questionnaire that is now available online or from your local library to make sure your voice is heard about the proposed changes to library services.

“These proposals would enable us to continue to provide a high quality library service, whilst potentially saving the council nearly £500,000. Library buildings will remain open for all to enjoy, but as can be seen, there are still tough decisions to make. We are keen to hear your views which will help shape our final way forward.’.

The feedback from the consultation, open until 11th January 2015, will be used to create a final set of proposals to take to Somerset County Council’s Cabinet meeting in February 2015, where a final decision on the way forward is expected to be made.

To take part, the proposals and questionnaire can be accessed:

• Online at www.somer • At libraries or mobile libraries • By emailing libraryservice