Kirklees council launches new consultation into its library services

The consultation is being carried out for us by Qa Research consultants and will help us to gather library users views on how the service should be run in future.

How to get involved

You can get involved by completing a 10 minute questionnaire online or by picking up a copy at your local library.

The consultation starts on 8 January 2018 and runs until the 2 April 2018 and can be found at www.kirklees.gov.uk/libraryconsultation

What happens after the consultation ends

Following the consultation a report on to the future delivery of the library service will be produced for consideration by councillors, a decision on the future of the service is expected to be made by councillors in July 2018.

What do we want to know?

Councillor Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services said:

“Following our last consultation in 2015, we have seen a lot of changes within the library service, with a number of libraries now being supported by community groups and volunteers.  This is something we could look to expand on in the future,  but to do that we need to know what the people who use the service and the current hard working volunteers  think of the changes and how much support there is for more community involvement.

We want to ensure that people can continue to enjoy the wide range of services that libraries provide in the future,  and whilst there is no way of avoiding our ever decreasing budgets we are confident  that we can find a way to keep delivering a comprehensive, high quality, modern service by considering a range of different delivery models – many of which already exist in other local authority areas.

If you use your local library and want to share your thoughts on how it should be run in the future, please complete the questionnaire online or alternatively paper copies are available in your local library.”

3 comments

  • The consultation document for libraries is totally inappropriate. The questions are not conducive to appropriate answers. I would be interested in how much it has cost to employ a consultancy firm to administer this. In my opinion a waste of time. Kirklees seems determined to close Batley library.

  • The only community services left in many areas are schools and am surprised that the school libraries and local authorities ones haven’t been combined together more, therefore enabling all people to use libraries better. They could be run by school children at lunchtimes and after or before the school day where staff usually are there to support them. It would encourage the value of libraries, work ethics and responsibility to our next generation as well as providing an important service to all the community. It might also help with the finances of running them too. Obviously there would have to be some adaptations but it could work wonders.

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