Events to talk about the future of local libraries

Bristol City Council is holding a series of events across the city from January to March to talk to residents and organisations about the libraries in their area.

Last summer Mayor Marvin Rees announced that cuts which would have seen 17 out of 27 libraries closed had been shelved – following a public outcry.

And in October 2018 the council announced that nearly half a million pounds had been allocated for a strategy to think up a future for the city’s libraries – which could see them being handed over to the community to run.

The council says it wants to make the library service “more relevant to the neighbourhood and local people” and is asking communities for ideas on ways it can use the libraries in their areas.

On announcing the library events Mr Rees said: “We have kept libraries open while we look at finding long term solutions to the service and to community hubs.  We recognise the current model for libraries needs modernising, and that we must attract more people and be more innovative and responsive to community needs.

“We want to use this opportunity to explore how we can work with people to make these spaces more appealing and tailor them to fit the needs of today’s citizens…

“This is not about saving money, it is about the community finding sustainable solutions and working with us to deliver them.”

Events will be held in six areas of Bristol and sessions must be booked online. There will be the chance to discuss Filwood, Knowle, Marksbury Road, Wick and Bedminster Libraries at The Park Centre in Daventry Road during two sessions in February and March.

To book

Anyone who can’t attend can put forward their ideas by filling in an online form, which will run from 25 January to 30 April 2019 – or fill in a form at their local library.