No library closures for Bournemouth, but expect changes

No library closures for Bournemouth, but expect changes

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Councillor Lawrence Williams 'rule out closures'

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LIBRARY closures have been officially ruled out in Bournemouth as the council looks at other ways of making the service more efficient.

Bournemouth residents are being invited to take part in a consultation as to how the library service can be improved and made cheaper to run.

But Cllr Lawrence Williams, cabinet member for corporate policy implementation, said this would not result in any closures being proposed.

“You can rule that out,” he said. “We’re looking at making things more efficient and we’re looking for suggestions from the public and staff and councillors and everybody.

“It’s not all about cuts, it’s about changes.”

Residents can have their say by making suggestions in any of the town’s libraries, joining a focus group or taking part in an e-panel survey at bournemouth.gov.uk/novepanel.

Cllr Williams added: “We know that the library service is well used and valued.

“We are reviewing the service across the board to make sure that we are operating as efficiently as possible whilst continuing to provide a high quality service and encouraging more residents to use our public libraries.

“It’s important that residents have their say now to tell us how we can meet their needs in the future.”

Following the consultation, recommendations will be made at cabinet in March 2013.

Medi Bernard, service and strategy manager for Bournemouth Libraries, said: “Elected members have no plans currently to close libraries.

“The consultation focuses on us asking the public for their views to help us make informed decisions about future library services and all residents are invited to take part.

“The feedback and information we receive from the consultation methods will then help us to prioritise services whilst facing financial challenges.

“One potential change is that more services will share and operate from library buildings and this makes practical sense as a range of services are available for customers.

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7:57pm Tue 27 Nov 12

RedhillPete says...

Be surprised if they still needed all the sitres, however Radio Solent had a good interview this morning on the changing library service in, I believe Southampton. Talked of providing apps or book loans for Kindles and the like. They are moving with the times - suggest Bournemouth take a leaf out of their book, so to speak!
Be surprised if they still needed all the sitres, however Radio Solent had a good interview this morning on the changing library service in, I believe Southampton. Talked of providing apps or book loans for Kindles and the like. They are moving with the times - suggest Bournemouth take a leaf out of their book, so to speak! RedhillPete
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11:32pm Tue 27 Nov 12

NONCOM says...

Amazon, which owns Kindle, will not currently allow "book loans" for its product. Other e-reader suppliers will, and libraries in Dorset and Hampshire and, for that matter, throughout the country, have been providing this service for some time.
I'm not quite sure what RedhillPete means by providing apps. If he means apps linking to libraries, does he mean linking to a mobile phone-compatible library webpage? I would suggest simply logging on to your county council website where you should be able to interact with its library service to reserve or renew your library books would be more satisfactory. If you really want to download an e-book to your mobile phone you can do that as well - and it's pretty well all free.
Of course, you have to join the library first (that's free). You can do that online, too!
You may be suprised how up-to-date libraries are.
Amazon, which owns Kindle, will not currently allow "book loans" for its product. Other e-reader suppliers will, and libraries in Dorset and Hampshire and, for that matter, throughout the country, have been providing this service for some time. I'm not quite sure what RedhillPete means by providing apps. If he means apps linking to libraries, does he mean linking to a mobile phone-compatible library webpage? I would suggest simply logging on to your county council website where you should be able to interact with its library service to reserve or renew your library books would be more satisfactory. If you really want to download an e-book to your mobile phone you can do that as well - and it's pretty well all free. Of course, you have to join the library first (that's free). You can do that online, too! You may be suprised how up-to-date libraries are. NONCOM
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