Review of library services

THERE has been much speculation and rumour regarding the council’s decision to review its library service so I thought I would put people’s minds at rest by explaining the rationale behind the decision.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council had an unprecedented cut in its funding from Government. As a result it is necessary to make savings in the revenue budget of around £15million this year and possibly the same again next year. Therefore, in finding ways to work smarter, more efficiently and effectively, we will be looking at changes to the way we deliver some services. As part of that process we have launched a review of library services which has resulted in rumours and stories that the Penarth Library is closing, this is not what is being proposed at all. It is unsettling for residents and staff when such stories are circulated.

We are actually looking at the ‘Future of Library Services in the Vale’. It may be that the model and look of the service will be different in the future, but it will most certainly continue. Our library staff provide a popular and successful service, but we need to find ways to protect the service and ensure it is sustainable. We are currently seeking the views of both users and non-users of Vale Libraries and this consultation will continue until December 15. Please help us shape the future of this service and take part in the on-line survey or ask library staff for a questionnaire.

I hope this reassures everyone of our intentions. If you want to know what is happening then please do not hesitate to ask, then perhaps the scaremongering can stop.

Enquiries should be directed to Christopher Edwards, Principal Librarian, telephone 01446 709381 or via e-mail CDEdwards@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

Councillor Neil Moore

Leader of the Council

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