Just three weeks left to comment on changes to Peterborough libraries

Peterborough Central Library, Broadway, Peterborough. Photo: Rowland Hobson/Peterborough Telegraph

Peterborough Central Library, Broadway, Peterborough. Photo: Rowland Hobson/Peterborough Telegraph

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Residents have just three weeks left to comment on changes to libraries in Peterborough.

Proposed changes from Peterborough City Council will see libraries open longer using self service technology.

We believe that our plan for the city’s libraries will better meet people’s needs with the money that we have available.

Cllr Lucia Serluca

Originally the new model would have saved £350,000 in a full year. However, at the Cabinet meeting on 23 February 2015 councillors agreed to recommend to Council that £45,000 is put back into the libraries budget, reducing the saving to £305,000.

Councillor Lucia Serluca, cabinet member for city centre management, culture and tourism, said: “We have spent a great deal of time in the past few weeks speaking to people about our plans. We have visited all ten libraries now to meet with members of the public and talk with library staff and we have listened to what they have told us. This is why we have recommended putting money back into the libraries budget to provide additional staffed support at some libraries. We want to provide a flexible library service that responds to local need rather than a one size fits all model.

“We believe that our plan for the city’s libraries will better meet people’s needs with the money that we have available. However, we need to understand people’s views on our proposal before Cabinet can make a decision on 20 March. If you’ve not read the proposals and had your say, then please do.”

The new system will use Open+ self-service technology, currently used in libraries in Leeds and London, which will enable people to access libraries for 383 hours per week as opposed to the current 261. Staffed hours would be reduced from the current 261 to 149.

People can read the library proposal and complete an online survey on the council’s website -www.peterborough.gov.uk. Hard copies of the document and survey are also available in all libraries and on the receptions of the Town Hall and Bayard Place.

The deadline for people to make comments is midday on Friday 20 March 2015.

Cabinet will then consider the feedback to the consultation at a meeting on the afternoon of Friday 20 March 2015.