Conwy Library Service is inviting people to submit their views on the Mobile Library and the Home Library as part of a review starting this month.
The review aims to make sure that the services on offer are the services that people need, and are the best use of limited resources.
The Mobile Library and the Home Library provide services to many vulnerable or isolated members of our communities, but some Mobile Library stops have only one or no regular customers. The cost of running these services is high, the vehicles are old and unreliable, and funding is reducing. A public consultation is being carried out between 28 January and 10 March 2019.
We'd like you to get involved and share your views on the three options being considered:
1. Take no action and continue to provide existing Mobile Library and Home Library routes. As the vehicles become more unreliable, this results in loss of services.
2. Withdraw Mobile Library provision and identify customers who meet the criteria and can be served through the Home Library, or can visit library buildings or use the On-line Library.
3. Amalgamate Mobile and Home Library service provision. Concentrate Mobile Library stops in communities that are remote from library buildings with limited public transport.
Cllr Mark Baker, Cabinet Member for Communities said, “We want to continue to deliver services to those members of the community who need it most. So, we need to make sure that the services we offer are the services people need, and that we make the best use of our limited resources. I’d urge everyone who uses these services to take a look at the consultation document and the options we’re considering, and let us know if or how the different options would affect them.” The consultation document and feedback form are available to view at www.conwy.gov.uk/library/consultation
Conwy Mobile Library is a ‘library on wheels’ that brings books, audio books and information into the community. It currently makes a total of 120 stops; calling at each stop every 4 weeks, for around 20 minutes.
Conwy Home Library is the service for Conwy residents who, due to age or infirmity, are unable to access a library or use the Mobile Library. The Home Library visits customers in their own home every 4 weeks. It offers access to the complete range of Conwy Library stock based on customers’ individual reading preferences.
Posted on 28/01/2019