Residents’ views sought to help shape the future of Croydon libraries

 

Croydon residents are being asked to share their views on the types of improvements they’d like to see at the borough’s libraries.

Following the collapse of Carillion in January, the council brought Croydon libraries back in-house, securing the long-term future of the service and guaranteeing the jobs of all library staff.

As part of the council’s commitment to protect and boost our library services for residents, a new residents’ survey has launched today where the public – whether they currently use Croydon’s libraries or not – can put forward their ideas of how the service can be made better and share what they would like to see more of in Croydon libraries.

The views expressed in the survey will be form part of a borough wide library strategy that will help shape the delivery of library services for decades to come. The survey, which can be completed online by clicking here, will close on 26 March 2018.

Since bringing the libraries back in-house, immediate changes already under way have included improving cleaning standards and working to ensure the books and other resources available to the public meet local users’ needs.

Cllr-GodfreyCouncillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport

“Libraries are at the heart of every community in Croydon. They give a front door to the council in 12 districts, and at the Central Library. We need to improve the traditional book offer alongside a strong digital offer, quiet study space and they should be a hive of cultural and community activity.

“What would you like to see more of in Croydon’s libraries? Whether courses, a café, access to some council services or a meeting space for businesses, tell us your thoughts and help shape the Croydon library service of the future.”

Anyone needing help completing the survey should contact staff at their local library. To take part in the survey and share your views, click here.

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