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Final days of library consultation

Thousands of residents have already responded to the library consultation, but there is still time to have your say.

Since the consultation opened on 28 October, there have been more than 2,140 responses. 

The consultation into the future provision of library services asks questions about why you do or do not visit a library, which library you visit, which times and days you visit and which of the following five potential options you would prefer. 

  • Reduce the money available to spend on buying publications (both hard copy and eResources).
  • Keep all the main library buildings open but reduce the opening and staffed hours at Langley and Cippenham and reduce the staffed hours at The Curve and Britwell libraries.
  • Keep all library buildings but reduce the hours they are open, the hours they are staffed, and the space dedicated to the library.  Attract other users to rent space in the building (co-location).  
  • Move all library services out of the current main library buildings and re-locate services to be delivered from a range of other locations across the borough. 
  • Close both Langley and Cippenham library buildings but maintain the staffing and opening hours at The Curve library and at Britwell library.  

The library team have hosted 15 drop-in and online sessions to talk to residents about the consultation, emailed more than 250 groups, and have attended more than 30 community meetings and events talking to local groups, schools and young people. 

Councillor Christine Hulme, lead member for children’s services, lifelong learning and skills, said: “Thank you to everyone who has responded to the consultation so far. We know there is a lot of speculation about the council’s intentions, but we do genuinely want to know which option you prefer given the council’s current financial circumstances.

“When the consultation ends on 20 January, we will be reviewing all responses and feedback received. This will all feed into a report to Cabinet with clear recommendations. 

“If you use a library, or plan to in future, have your say now so we can shape the future of Slough’s library service.”

To read more on the consultation and to have your say, visit the consultation webpage or complete the survey online.

Any queries can be sent to libraryconsultation@slough.gov.uk 

Published: 14 January 2022