Library Engagement Events and Survey

Swindon Borough Council currently runs 15 libraries across the borough at a cost of £2.6m per year. Due to the council’s current financial pressures it is no longer affordable to run the library service in its current format. It is therefore necessary for the council to review how the library service is delivered and make changes to ensure that it meets the demands of local residents whilst operating within budget. Libraries are also changing in line with technology and user habits, giving the Council an opportunity to redesign the library service to meet users needs.

In December 2015 the council signalled a £1.5m reduction in the library service to be achieved by 2020. To achieve this the Council needs to write a strategy and over the coming months is running an engagement process to ask residents, library users, community groups and other interested parties to help do this. A number of engagement events, stakeholder meetings and a questionnaire will facilitate the process.

View the Swindon Council News article about the process here: Council holding engagement sessions for libraries, Lydiard and parishes

Library services survey

The Council wants to hear your thoughts, ideas and priorities for libraries in Swindon to help develop new approaches to library services that respond to the needs of local residents but within the financial constraints. See Library services in Swindon to find out more and take the survey online. Closing time for completed surveys is 5.00pm on Friday 29 April 2016.

A leaflet that sets out the situation in more detail and is intended to answer many of your questions is available: Libraries_services_survey_FAQ

You may also want to read the Cabinet Report on Libraries.

Once a strategy is written it will be taken to the Council’s Cabinet in June and will trigger a formal consultation followed by implementation in the years leading up to 2020.

Cabinet reports are available at the following links:
2016-2020 Direction of Travel, Financial Context and Budget Proposals 2016/17

Securing a Sustainable Future for Swindon’s Cultural Assets, Libraries and Community Services

Library engagement events

Monday  7 March: Liden Library 2pm – 4pm
Wednesday 9 MarchWest Swindon Library 4pm – 7pm
Thursday 10 March: Moredon & Rodbourne Cheney Library 1pm – 3pm, Upper Stratton Library  4pm – 6pm
Friday  11 March: Old Town Library 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Monday 14 March: Park Library 2pm – 4pm,
Tuesday 15 March: Covingham Library 10am – 12noon, Pinetrees Library 1.30pm – 3pm, Penhill Library 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Wednesday 16 March: Central Library  2pm – 5pm
Thursday 17 March: Even Swindon Library 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Friday 18 March: Walcot Library 10am – 12noon, Wroughton Library    1pm – 3pm
Saturday 19 March: Central  Library 10am – 12noon, West Swindon Library 1pm – 3pm
Sunday  20 March: North Swindon Library 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Monday 21 March: Highworth Library 10am -1pm, North Swindon Library 3pm – 6pm
Wednesday 23 March: Central Library 9am – 11am, Central Library 2pm – 5pm

Going Local
To find out more about libraries, community governance review, parishes, community assets and Lydiard House and Park there are open drop-in sessions for residents to speak to council officers about the projects and find out how they can get involved. Find out more about Going Local sessions on the Swindon Borough Council website.

Tuesday 1 March: Liden – Community Centre/Small Hall, SN3 6HP 9.30am – 1.30pm
Thursday 3 March: Penhill – St Peters Church Hall, SN2 5DU 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Monday 7 March: Walcot & Parks – St Andrews Church Hall, SN3 3DZ 9.30am – 1.30pm
Tuesday 8 March: Pinehurst – Pinetrees Community Centre, SN2 1QR 3.00pm – 7.00pm
Friday 11 March: Lawn Community Centre, SN3 1JL 10.00am – 2.00pm
Saturday 12 March: Town Centre – Central Community Centre, SN1 5BP 9.30am – 1.30pm
Monday 14 March: Wroughton – StoweAway Community Centre, SN1 7AG 9.30am – 1.30pm
Wednesday 16 March: Haydon Wick – Parish Council Offices, SN25 1QQ 9.30am – 1.30pm
Thursday 17 March: Town Centre – Broadgreen Community Centre, SN1 2AU 12.00pm – 4.00pm

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