Have your say on the future of West Berkshire’s Libraries – consultation extended to 15 December 2021

Note; this consultation was to have closed on 15 November 2021. Although the response has been very good, West Berkshire Council’s Library Service has decided to extend it until 15 December in order to get more feedback, particularly from young people and families. See below for details, including the six different ways in which you can take part.

Remember, the Library Service is keen to hear from you whatever age you are and whether or not you currently use the libraries in the district. If you know anyone who might be interested in taking part who might not be aware of this consultation, please feel free to pass this information on to them.

 

How often do you use your library service? What do you love? What would you like to see changed?

If you don’t use the Library Service at all, West Berkshire Council is keen to know why. What would encourage you use start using it?

West Berkshire Council wants to hear from you even if you use their libraries but live in another district. (Residents of other districts can find out about library services in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Swindon).

Have Your Say

Many residents love their local library. The Council would welcome knowing what they really value and how the service could be made even better.

Other people only use the service occasionally. If that describes you, what changes would you like to see which would make you use it more often?

As part of its current Library Review, the Council is looking for all kinds of ideas from as many people as possible on how it might develop the Library Service both now and for the future.

There are six different ways to give your feedback before the new deadline of 15 December 2021:

  • Online: Complete the website survey (which takes five to 10 minutes).
  • Email: send your comments to library@westberks.gov.uk.
  • Social media: post on @WBerksLibraries social media with the hashtag #LoveWestBerksLibraries.
  • Paper: pick up a paper copy of the survey at any West Berkshire Library.
  • In person: talk to a staff member at any West Berkshire Library.
  • Feedback boards: leave suggestions on the feedback boards at Newbury, Thatcham and Hungerford Libraries.

If you know anyone who does not have access to the internet, please pass this information on to them – you don’t have to be online to take part.

Once completed, the final report will be considered by elected council members at an Executive meeting in the spring of 2022 and will be published on West Berkshire Council’s website.

Please have your say – good, bad or completely off the wall, they want to know your views!

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