Warwickshire County Council library consultation continues in Rugby and Dunchurch

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PEOPLE in the Rugby area will be able to find out more about proposals for the future of Warwickshire Library and Information Service at two more roadshow drop-in sessions.

The first will be held at Dunchurch Library on April 26 from 3.30pm to 6.30pm and the second at Rugby Library on May 16 from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

Warwickshire County Council launched a 12-week public consultation on March 18 to find out what people think of the proposals for radical change to the county’s library services.

Sixteen Warwickshire libraries have been identified as no longer sustainable in their current form, alongside other cost-cutting measures including reduced opening hours, reductions in the workforce and mobile library fleet, and cutting the number of public computers across the library network.

The Library and Information Service must cut spending by £2 million over the next three years as part of Warwickshire County Council’s plans to achieve required savings of £66 million across all services.

Cllr Colin Hayfield, portfolio holder for customers, workforce and partnerships, said: “Savings on this scale mean some very tough decisions, and won’t be pain-free.

That’s why it is so important for local people to take part in the consultation, and have their say.”

As the library consultation enters its fourth week, 500 questionnaires have already been completed, around half of them online. Consultation roadshows and sessions at public meetings, explaining the proposed changes, have been well-attended.

More information, including the consultation questionnaire, is available in all Warwickshire libraries and online at:

warwickshire.gov.uk/facingthechallenge. A blog provides news and updates at libraryconsult.wordpress.com or you can follow the consultation on Twitter twitter.com/warksdirect.