Views on future of libraries

Coun Keith Williams is in charge of Swindon Libraries

Coun Keith Williams is in charge of Swindon Libraries

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A REVISED library strategy is open for public consultation until April of this year.

The emerging strategy will take into account the financial challenges facing Swindon Council and the role that libraries play within local communities.

Members of the public are being asked to tell the council what libraries mean to them and how they would like to see the library service delivered in the future. The draft library strategy can be viewed on the Library Strategy Consultation webpage.

The consultation will run until 5pm on Monday, April 14, and people can email their views to: krwilliams@swindon.gov.uk or write to: Councillor Keith Williams, Library Strategy Consultation, Cabinet Office, Civic Offices, Euclid Street, SN1 2JH.

An online questionnaire will be available via the council’s website next week. People can also give their views at the council’s regular locality meetings. Paper copies will also be available in libraries or on request. The results of the consultation will be presented to the council in June.

Coun Williams, who is responsible for libraries, said: “We are facing unprecedented financial challenges and have to find savings of £48m over the next three years. To do that we need to look closely at how we deliver services.”

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4:48pm Mon 17 Feb 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

No need for Libraries funded by the taxpayer.
No need for Libraries funded by the taxpayer. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: -6

5:07pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
No need for Libraries funded by the taxpayer.
Completely disagree. Libraries are exactly the things we should be funding.
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: No need for Libraries funded by the taxpayer.[/p][/quote]Completely disagree. Libraries are exactly the things we should be funding. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 6

5:19pm Mon 17 Feb 14

stratton man says...

Cllr Williams has a reputation as an intelligent man of great integrity.Unlike many of the political pigmys who disgrace the Swindon Borough Council Cabinet with their childish plastic Westminster antics.I trust him to safeguard the libraries.
Cllr Williams has a reputation as an intelligent man of great integrity.Unlike many of the political pigmys who disgrace the Swindon Borough Council Cabinet with their childish plastic Westminster antics.I trust him to safeguard the libraries. stratton man
  • Score: 0

12:02pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Phantom Poster says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
No need for Libraries funded by the taxpayer.
Completely disagree. Libraries are exactly the things we should be funding.
Why? Can't people afford to buy their own books? What do they cost compared to alcohol, tobacco, sky etc. For research purposes most people use the internet nowadas. Besides, the selection of books in the present libaries is pathetic.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: No need for Libraries funded by the taxpayer.[/p][/quote]Completely disagree. Libraries are exactly the things we should be funding.[/p][/quote]Why? Can't people afford to buy their own books? What do they cost compared to alcohol, tobacco, sky etc. For research purposes most people use the internet nowadas. Besides, the selection of books in the present libaries is pathetic. Phantom Poster
  • Score: 1

6:52pm Tue 18 Feb 14

trolley dolley says...

I totally agree with Phantom Poster, more IT and E Readers are the way forward.

Writing on cave walls, clay tablets, scrolls and manuscripts have all had their day but it is time to move on.
I totally agree with Phantom Poster, more IT and E Readers are the way forward. Writing on cave walls, clay tablets, scrolls and manuscripts have all had their day but it is time to move on. trolley dolley
  • Score: 0

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