Non Library Users Encouraged To Have Their Say

People who don’t currently use Sefton’s libraries are being asked for their views on the future of the service.

A 12-week public consultation is continuing where residents can help Sefton Council develop a sustainable, modern library service.

Hundreds of regular library visitors have already taken part, but the council is equally keen to hear from people who have stopped using, or never used, their local library.

It is hoped this feedback will help tailor future services that meet people’s needs and aspirations.

Sefton’s borough-wide library review has no specific savings target and aims to create a sustainable library service that local people value and enjoy. It is however set against the national and local context of diminishing resources.

Christine Hall, Sefton’s Head of Libraries, said: “It’s essential that we gather a wide-range of views from our staff, customers and the wider community to help us develop a shared vision of what Sefton’s library service of the future may look like.

“If people never use our libraries, we want to know why – and also what services they might value and use within a library in the future.

“The more we understand local needs, the more we will be able to design a forward-thinking and sustainable service which addresses the challenges we face.

“At this stage we are trying to gather general comments from the public and once we have considered these we will seek further views about possible options for the future.

 “There will be other opportunities for people to take part in the review, and have their say, as the project takes shape.”

 To take part in the consultation, visit and follow the relevant links. Paper questionnaires are also available at libraries, leisure centres, Sefton’s one stop shops, town halls, children’s centres and family centres.

* The first stage consultation closes on July 31, 2012.