Council seeks views on the future of Rotherham Libraries and Neighbourhood Hubs

Published Wednesday, 5th June 2019
Council seeks views on the future of Rotherham Libraries and Neighbourhood Hubs
Cllr Sarah Allen, Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener Communities

Rotherham Council is seeking views on how Rotherham Libraries could look in the future.

The Council wants to make sure that all Rotherham libraries are based in the heart of local communities, and that they are well used, cost effective and responsive to the changing needs of the public. This includes using all available technology and resources.

As part of its vision the Council wants to ensure the services offered reflect the needs and make up of Rotherham’s communities. They want libraries to be recognised as neighbourhood hubs aimed at improving the quality of life of local residents.

The Council wants to hear the views of all library users, residents and families to ensure they have the libraries in the right locations and they are offering the right services which are beneficial to those accessing them.

The Council is asking whether residents feel Rotherham libraries inspire learning and bring communities together, and do the services offered in local libraries reflect the needs and make up of Rotherham's communities?

Cllr Sarah Allen, Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener Communities, said: “Libraries are an integral part of our communities and it’s important we make them the best we can for the future. They should be places to inspire learning and bring communities together. For residents who don't use local libraries we want to know why; are they are in the wrong location, not accessible or has it just been a long time since you last paid a visit? The answers to these questions will help us to make plans about how to develop libraries in the best possible way.”

Library users and non-library users can complete a short survey online at www.rotherham.gov.uk/consultations. Anyone visiting the library can also complete the survey with the help of library staff.

The consultation closes on 14 July 2019.

The Council has also just consulted about the location of its current central library, which is in the ground floor of the authority’s headquarters at Riverside House. The Council is proposing that this moves to a more central location near the markets at Drummond Street. Results of this consultation are currently being considered and a further report on this will be heard by Cabinet in the near future.

Have your say on Rotherham Libraries consultation