Solihull Council has been consulting residents about the future role of Libraries in the Borough. This comes against a backdrop of widespread library closures across the country in recent years. We'd like to see even wider community use of these valuable resources.
The Council ran a consultation in the summer to plan for how services will be provided in future.
Libraries in Solihull already offer much more than traditional book loans. The way that people access services has changed too. More than 90% of book loans are now done through self-service kiosks. Online, residents can renew books as well as read ebooks, magazines and newspapers.
Council budgets continue to be squeezed and the Solihull consultation asked if you'd be prepared to volunteer at your local library.
The consultation mentioned that some libraries are also working in collaboration with local partners and voluntary organisations to offer extended opening hours and wider community services such health screening, welfare rights and advice, ICT training and business support.
The consultation survey ended on September 22nd, but the question of library budgets is sure to come before the Council in the future. If you have strong views, please let us know via our contact form - or contact your local Lib Dem Councillor.