Review of library services

Next step in review of borough libraries

15 March 2017

Proposals to develop a new way of delivering the borough’s library service were agreed at the meeting of the council’s executive on Tuesday 14 March.

The plan will see the council attempting to keep all 9 libraries open and even extending opening hours in some libraries. New technology, such as self-service kiosks and technology assisted opening, will be installed across all libraries and services will be provided by experienced library staff, supported by trained volunteers.

The proposals were agreed following a thorough review over the past 9 months. This included consultation with residents to understand how the library service can continue to reflect community needs while providing significant savings and efficiencies.

The review highlighted that residents understand the financial pressures facing the council and a large number indicated they would be prepared to keep libraries open by volunteering to support library staff.

Next steps for the council include:

  • finding a suitable company to provide new technology in all nine libraries, with installation starting from autumn 2017
  • recruiting and training of volunteers through a volunteering programme, to work alongside experienced library staff
  • providing a more modern automated approach to stock management, to make it more efficient

Volunteering in our libraries

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in a borough library, please email Library.Volunteering@bracknell-forest.gov.uk to find out how you can get involved.

You can also find out more at the volunteer information event on Monday 5 June at Coffee Republic, Princess Square, Bracknell, starting at 10am. We have opportunities in Bracknell libraries, helping with children's and adults' activities, book clubs, computer sessions and much more.

Come along to see how you can share your skills, learn new ones, gain valuable experience and meet new people by volunteering for your local library.

Consultation - October to December 2016

A public consultation, including 4 public meetings, ran from October to December 2016. The presentation given at the public meetings is below.

PDF file downloadPublic meeting presentation (PDF, 156kb)

The notes from the public meetings and an outline of the topline data from the survey are listed below:

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