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Still time to take part in library service survey as consultation is extended

Article date - 05 April 2017

St Helens Council has extended its ongoing library service consultation to ensure more residents can share their views.
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With just over three weeks left until the consultation closes, there’s still plenty of time to comment on how the library service could be run in the future.

The library service in St Helens is currently conducting a review to examine how people use the library service, what they like or dislike about the service, and how they would like to use it in the future.

They also want to know about residents’ internet usage in order to understand the way people obtain information better and how libraries could support this.

Since the consultation started on 9 March, 1002 electronic forms and 574 paper copies have been returned so far! To ensure your views are heard, simply go online or pick up a form from your local library, council run leisure centre – or from the reception areas in St Helens Town Hall, Wesley House or Atlas House, and return by Friday 28 April.

Residents who have taken a paper copy of the consultation, are encouraged to return it to any of those venues, as the council is really keen to gather as many views as possible.

The council is particularly keen to hear the views of young people in the borough so that it can establish how their needs can be supported going forward.

Suggestions provided within the survey will form part of the proposals made to the council’s Cabinet. These proposals, once agreed at Cabinet, will be available for further public consultation at a later date.

Councillor Jeanie Bell, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing said:

“The council remains fully committed to retaining a high quality library service, but we must look at how we will continue to offer a service that is right for local people, will serve us well in the years ahead, and provide value for money, especially in times of reducing budgets.

“We want to have a library service that is dynamic, exciting and meets the needs of our communities and most importantly, we want our community to help shape that transformation.

“I urge everyone living, working or studying in St Helens, whether a library user or not, to get involved and take the time to complete this survey.”

The survey is open to both library users and non-library users who live, work or study in St Helens.