Your chance to help shape the future of libraries in the East Riding. Take part in the consultation between 29 September and 21 December 2015.
The money we get from central government has been significantly reduced and will continue to be reduced in future years. This has resulted in a funding gap between the money we have and the cost of what we provide.
As a result, the council has to make savings from its budget of over £74 million during the next four years in addition to the £94.7 million that has been saved since 2010.
The council is therefore keen to ask for your views on how we could potentially reshape the library service whilst retaining a vibrant and viable library provision in the East Riding.
The council needs to consider options for savings in all areas including the library service and it needs to decide whether savings can be made to the library service to help meet the challenge.
The library service has been making efficiency savings for some time which has included reducing management costs and introducing self-service machines with minimal impact on front line services. Although the library service, in-line with many other areas has already made savings, the council needs to save more.
The council is interested in hearing the views of both library users and non-users. Anyone who has an interest in the East Riding Library Service can complete the public consultation (below).
You can take part in one of two ways - online or completing a paper questionnaire:
Take part in the libraries consultation
Alternatively, paper copies are available at branch or mobile libraries, customer service centres, children’s centres and leisure centres.
This stage of consultation will run from 29 September 2015 to 21 December 2015.
Once we have gathered your responses, these will be considered and if any proposals are made to change the way in which the library service is delivered, there will be another public consultation before a final decision is made.
In addition to the more 'traditional' service of loaning books, supporting studying and lifelong learning, our libraries also deliver a wide variety of other services and social opportunities.
They provide a community space where people can meet to pursue shared interests and to support each other. They have a strong focus on health and wellbeing, offering support to those living with dementia (both carers and patients). This includes 'Reminiscence' sessions, Digital Reminiscence Units and medically endorsed reading lists. In addition, reading, writing and social groups within libraries all have positive health and wellbeing benefits.
Each year, children from disadvantaged families who are at a higher risk of low attainment levels, are invited to take part in the national summer reading challenge. This is a fun way to strengthen their reading skills in a supportive library setting. The library service delivers benefits where they will make a real difference, helping to support vulnerable people and reduce inequalities.
Free computers in libraries allow people to further their hobbies, undertake online training courses, look for employment, fill in online applications and produce professional CVs and presentations. They also allow individuals to make their money go further by, for example, applying for better online fuel rates. In addition, as the government’s welfare reforms roll out, the computers will also be needed for benefit information and claims.
Below are some key facts which demonstrate how our libraries were used in 2014/15:
Read more about other library services.
No savings figure for the library service has been confirmed. Once we have gathered your views from this consultation we will use them to work up options. It will only be once these options have been developed that we will know how much, if any could be saved.
Depending on the result of the public consultation, if any proposals made for the future of the library service mean a reduction in the service at branch libraries and/or the mobile library service this may have an impact on staffing. However any changes to the staffing requirements would be managed in accordance with the council’s policies and procedures and would involve consultation with staff and the Trade Unions.
At this point no decision has been made on the future of the library service. This stage of the consultation process is designed to gather your views. This is your opportunity to be involved in how the library service is delivered in the future.