Options for the future of Croydon's libraries service

Why are we doing this?

Our library service in Croydon means so much to our residents across the whole borough, something made very clear to us in the 2,510 responses received in the first phase of consultation about the future of our library service.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their views and ideas for the service. This feedback has helped us work through all of the options available to achieve the savings needed for 2022/23, while maintaining a statutory library service.

Options for our future library service

Following a meeting of our council’s cabinet  where it was agreed to start the second phase of public consultation on proposed changes to the service, we now want to hear people’s views on the following options developed to make the £500,000 savings target outlined in detail in the cabinet paper.

  • Reduce service hours by 21% across the borough
  • Outsource all libraries
  • Hybrid – reduction in service hours (two days per week) to eight libraries and five community run libraries
What do we want to know?

You can find more details for each of these options on our website.

Have your say

We want to hear your views on the options for our future library service. We’d also like to hear any ideas you may have.

Complete the online survey before midnight, 26 July 2021.

Request a paper copy from any Croydon library or email librariesconsultation@croydon.gov.uk and return it by 21 July 2021.

Request the survey and consultation information in a different format or language by writing to librariesconsultation@croydon.gov.uk  

Join our drop-in sessions to speak to council staff about the consultation or to get a paper copy of the survey and/or any other supporting documents:

Friday 2 July 11:00 - 12:30 Sanderstead Library
  14:00 - 15:30 Purley Library
Saturday 3 July 10:00 - 16:00 South Norwood Market
Monday 5 July 09:30 - 11:00 Norbury Library
  12:30 - 14:00 Broad Green Library
Wednesday 7 July 11:00 - 12:30 Thornton Heath Library
  13:30 - 15:30 South Norwood Library
Friday 9 July 11:00 - 12:30 Coulsdon Library
  14:30 - 16:00 Bradmore Green Library
Monday 12 July 09:30 - 11:00 Ashburton Library
  12:30 - 14:00 Shirley Library
Tuesday 13 July 10:30 - 12:00 Selsdon Library
  13:30 - 15:00 New Addington Library
Friday 16 July 12:00 - 14:00 Clocktower Atrium, Central Library


What we found out
What difference has it made?
Location:  London Borough of Croydon
Project start date01 June 2021
Report availableDue 01 August 2021
Reference year2021
Methods Questionnaire - Online
Who can take part? Residents, All - everyone invited to take part