Have your say on the future of region’s library service

The drop-in session will be held at the Pocela Centre, Pocklington.
The drop-in session will be held at the Pocela Centre, Pocklington.

Pocklington residents are being encouraged to take part in the public consultation exercise over the future of the area’s library service.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s proposal for the future of its library service and multi service centres is now the subject of a public consultation, running until Wednesday 3 August.

There will be a drop-in session to discuss the proposals at the Pocela Centre, Pocklington on Tuesday 5 July between 10am and noon.

The council’s proposal includes:

l Investing a further £7.4 million in six more multi-service centres in the next three years, to be located at Beverley, Cottingham, Goole, Hedon, Hornsea and Howden

l Not using volunteers to run library branches, and only using volunteers on specific initiatives like the Summer Reading Challenge (as now)

l Installing free wifi in all library branches, upgrading the People’s Network of free-to-use computer terminals, introducing EBooks, and developing health and wellbeing opportunities

l Retaining a library or multi-service centre in each major town or larger village, but with reduced opening hours

l Offering an improved online library catalogue, and more self service and mobile technology, allowing access to library services outside normal opening hours

l Retaining a mobile library service across the East Riding, but with a reduction in that service

l Amalgamating the two libraries in Bridlington into one at King Street, comparable to the library provision in other towns across the East Riding

l These proposals would save around £1.2 million from the council’s budget.

Darren Stevens, head of culture and information, said : “Our aim is to deliver high quality, modern library and customer services to meet the challenge of serving a mainly rural area at lower cost, whilst still meeting the needs of current and future customers.”

The consultation is available online at www.eastriding.gov.uk/proposalconsultation

Paper questionnaires are available at branch libraries, mobile libraries, multi-service centres, Customer Service Centres, East Riding Leisure Centres, and children’s centres.