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Herfordshire Libraries Consultation - until 31 Dec 13

posted 27 Oct 2013, 10:33 by Tomo
Hertfordshire Library Service plays a vital role in communities across the county, providing free access for people of all ages to reading, media, information, computers, and local studies. The service is delivered through 46 community libraries, seven mobile library vehicles, a 24/7 virtual library and a range of specialised and outreach services. 
 
Libraries are a statutory service, under the terms of the ‘Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964’, which states: “It shall be the duty of every library authority to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all persons desiring to make use thereof.”

Recent announcements by central government suggest that council funding will continue to reduce for a few more years yet. So it remains essential that every pound that is available to be spent on library services is spent wisely, and that we prioritise spending on the things that give best value for money for local taxpayers and library customers. 
 
With your help, Herts want to devise a future library strategy to provide a clear direction that will enable libraries to develop and respond to ongoing change within a reduced budget over the next ten years. This means that Hertfordshire libraries may well look quite different in future in order to remain relevant to customers and maintain their enduring role and purpose in local communities. 

A libraries consultation is therefore open from now until the 31st December 2013. The discussion document and the consultation questionnaire form the basis of a conversation Hertfordshire County Council want to have with residents during the autumn about the future of Hertfordshire libraries. The aim is for Hertfordshire libraries to be fit for the future, providing residents with the right services in the right places, and making sure the money we spend provides best value and benefits as many residents as possible. 

There will also be 10 public meetings across the county and our local meeting is on the 5th December 2013, 6.30 to 8.30pm at the Three Rivers Council Offices in Rickmansworth.
 
The results of this consultation will inform the development of a new Library Strategy for presentation to the County Council in the late spring of 2014. 

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