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Libraries consultation

Why are we doing this?

*Update* The consultation has been extended to 14 March to provide more time to have your say on our proposals. We have also launched a series of informative webinars that can answer frequently asked questions. More information on these webinars is available below.

If you have already submitted a survey response but have more comments to add, we are allowing multiple submissions.

Our library service is so much more than buildings and books. Since bringing our libraries in-house we have invested significantly in the service, upgrading the IT equipment and broadband making them more modern and inclusive community spaces. Members can now also access six million books through our membership of The Libraries Consortium, including 41,000 e-books, newspapers, magazines and training materials. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic we’ve seen a major shift in the way people access our service and use digital collections, with 1,800 new online members.

The council is currently facing severe financial challenges, which means we will need to be clear about our priorities and make some tough decisions about what we will and won’t do over the next few years. Some services will stop and others, such as our library service, will have to change. But, by focussing on a smaller number of priorities for our residents, we will make sure that we are delivering good quality services, where they will have the biggest impact.

We are committed to delivering a comprehensive and efficient library service, which operates within the reduced resources available. This means that we are having to look at either closing some of our library buildings, or find an alternative that would not require any council funding.

The council currently runs 13 libraries in the borough, and we are proposing reducing this to eight. By doing this it will allow us to continue providing a comprehensive library service that meets the needs of our community.

When considering library buildings to include in our proposals we have looked at building operating and maintenance costs, how visitors use the service, and how close they are to other libraries - more details on this is provided in the fact sheets below.

At this stage of our consultation we want to hear your views on the proposals, ideas for our library service and suggestions for alternative ways we could use library buildings. We will use this information to help us further develop our options and consult you again on these, before taking a proposal to cabinet for a decision in summer 2021.

 

To request this information and questionnaire in a different format, email: librariesconsultation@croydon.gov.uk or call 020 7884 5159.

 

Please complete the survey below by 14 March.

 

You can complete the survey as many times as you like.

 

Public consultation timetable:

What do we want to know?
Initial consultation on proposals begins 14 January 2021
Initial consultation ends (survey closes) 14 March 2021
Consultation outcome & options report April 2021
Consultation finishes May 2021
Final report June 2021
Final decision Summer 2021
Implementation September 2021 (expected)
 

Webinars

The Libraries Consultation has had over 1300 responses to date, and many residents have questions which we would like to address in a series of Zoom webinars:

20 February Saturday
10.30am-11.30am
All Libraries service webinar
20 February Saturday
12noon – 1.00pm
How to run a community library – with The Community Run Libraries National Peer Network
22 February Monday
6.00pm-7.00pm
South Norwood Library
23 February Tuesday
5.30pm-6.30pm
Broad Green Library
23 February Tuesday
6.45pm–7.45pm
Shirley Library
24 February Wednesday
5.30pm-6.30pm
Bradmore Green Library
24 February Wednesday
6.45pm-7.45pm
Sanderstead Library

Register on Eventbrite bit.ly/CroyLibsEventbrite.

Submit your questions in advance (please note the relevant session) to librariesconsultation@croydon.gov.uk, or leave a message on 0207 884 5159.

These sessions will be recorded and available to access after the event.

What we found out
What difference has it made?

Contact (for more details)

Libraries consultation


librariesconsultation@ croydon.gov.uk
Project start date
14 Jan 2021
Project end date
14 Mar 2021
Report available by
Due 10 April 2021
Who can take part?
All - everyone invited to take part
Topic Area
Community and life events, Leisure and culture
Location
London Borough of Croydon
Ends: 07 Mar 2021

Survey

Libraries consultation survey

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Sanderstead Library Fact Sheet final

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South Norwood with building details

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Shirley Library Fact Sheet updated

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Broad Green Library Fact Sheet

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Bradmore Green Fact Sheet

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Croydon libraries key statistics 2019-2020