Public consultation and engagement on Brinsworth Library

Public consultation and engagement on the proposed changes to Brinsworth Library

Brinsworth Library is in the process of being relocated to a new build on Field Road, Brinsworth, Rotherham, S60 5DG adjacent to "The Centre" building.

The £273k new building has been funded by RMBC and S106 contributions from local developments.

During the first phase of the library consultation and engagement carried out Summer 2019, Brinsworth Parish Council expressed an interest in the charity, Brinsworth Community Trust, running the library service at Brinsworth.

The Trust are interested in:

  • Creating opportunities for local people to be involved in local decision-making and in the management of the library as part of the wider Community Hub.
  • Creating more opportunities for volunteering, recognising the health and wellbeing benefits for people who choose to volunteer
  • Creating more opportunities to extend and add value to the library offer, building on the statutory provision delivered in collaboration with the Council.

For more information

Visit "The Centre” and Brinsworth Community Trust website

In order to further explore this proposal, the Council is keen to understand residents’ and stakeholders’ views, any related impacts and any alternative options respondents may wish to propose.

What would the proposed changes mean?

It is proposed that Brinsworth Library would become a community led library which would have ongoing Council support. The partnership would be bound by a contract and a legal framework.

This proposal enables increased community involvement and control over their local library services. This would mean:

  • Brinsworth Library would be run by Brinsworth Community Trust who would deliver the core library offer as defined by the Library Strategy supported through volunteers.
  • Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council would continue to provide support services including the supply and maintenance of stock, access to the Library Management System and the training of volunteers.
  • The library will continue to be open for a minimum of 26 hours per week.
  • The library would remain part of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s statutory provision.

Similar approaches have been adopted by a number of local authorities and discussions with services who have successfully implemented these arrangements have informed the development of these proposals.

How to have your say

You can see further information from the summer 2019 consultation and engagement by reading the Cabinet Report on the link below

View results of the consultation and engagement on the future library service delivery model

The consultation closed on Sunday 26th April 2020

If you would like to ask a question or have more information you can:

What happens next?

The consultation and engagement opens on 3rd February, 2020 and closes on 26th April, 2020.

Feedback on this consultation and engagement will allow the proposals for a future library service delivery model to be finalised before being presented to Cabinet and Council Meetings for consideration.