Councillor’s New Year Library Plan

21st December 2015

Councillor David Barton has revealed a list of improvements he has been working on with the team at the Atkinson Arts Centre Southport library.

He has worked closely on a number of initiatives which both parties felt would enhance the experience at the venue on Lord Street.

Soon visitors to the library will be provided with a pamphlet providing more information for first time library users presented in a clear step- by-step format.

By July next year all staff on the library team will have embedded knowledge of library procedures.

Also work has begun on a picture handbook on how to use the IT system – this should benefit young children, the elderly and anybody with learning difficulties

Further improvements will include suggestion boxes to help library staff react to ideas from members of the public.

Councillor Barton said: “The library team truly provide a wonderful service for everyone in the town.

“I’m sure these implementations will be welcomed by people across Southport who frequent the library, especially visitors with young families and our senior citizens wishing to get the best out of their local library service outside official staff opening hours.

“Having listened to problems caused to various library users by the change in staff opening hours during my weekend surgeries I know first-hand from speaking to both staff and visitors that this will be greatly appreciated.

“Whether it be to check out a book for casual reading or accessing that essential resource for a school project, people of all ages will now rightfully have access to their local library’s full facilities.

“When I put forward my concerns to the Library management team they were all delighted to sit down and discuss ways to improve the service facility.

“It therefore gives me the greatest pleasure to be able to report back on this community achievement for our town and I have to thank the library management team for all their time and support having taken forward my suggestions which I raised on behalf of all the local residents and visitors who contacted me regarding this issue.

“The meetings we had were extremely positive and I look forward to working with them in the future to ensure the library remains an essential part of Southport life for people of all ages.”

For more information please contact David Barton on 0151 934 2061 or

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