Over 1400 people filled in an online survey in the Summer about the future of libraries in Solihull. Now there's a chance to attend consultation events at libraries across the Borough. Library users and non-users are welcome at the sessions. No booking required.
Solihull Council is considering plans for how services will be provided in future, and how libraries should be used. The Council wants to hear from you about how you use libraries, or how you would like to, so that it can shape the service for the future.
The way that people access services has changed in recent years. 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 Council is interested to know if you'd be prepared to volunteer at your local library.
We believe libraries should be more than just a place to borrow books, and that they can be a great resource for their local communities. Some libraries are already working with local partners and voluntary organisations to offer extended opening hours and wider community services such health screening, welfare rights advice, ICT training and business support.
Consultation Events Timetable
Balsall Common Library, Saturday 29th October, 10.30am - 1pm
Castle Bromwich Library, Wednesday 19th October, 2pm - 4.30pm
Chelmsley Wood Library, Thursday 20th October, 9.30am - 12.00pm
Dickens Heath Library, Monday 17th October, 5.30pm - 8pm
Hampton-In-Arden Library, Friday 4th November, 10am - 12.30pm
Hobs Moat Library, Tuesday 1st November, 10am - 12.30pm
Kinghurst Library, Wednesday 2nd November, 9am - 11.30am
Knowle Library, Saturday 15th October, 10am - 12.30pm
Marston Green Library, Friday 28th October, 10am - 12.30pm
The Meriden Pavilion, Friday 21st October, 2pm - 4.30pm
Olton Library, Wednesday 19th October, 11am - 1.30pm
Shirley Library, Thursday 20th October, 5.30pm - 8pm
The Core, Monday 24th October, 4pm - 6.30pm
It's a shame that these consultation events are mostly being held when many people are at work, but if you can't make it to your local event please let us know your views via our contact form - or contact your local Lib Dem Councillor.