Have your say on the future of Hartlepool’s libraries

Hartlepool's Central Library on York Road.
Hartlepool's Central Library on York Road.

PEOPLE are running out of time to have their say on the future Hartlepool’s library service.

Hartlepool Borough Council launched a review of library services after the Government has cut the authority’s main revenue grant by almost 40 per cent- a drop of £30m - since 2010/11.

David Worthington head of Culture and Information. Picture by FRANK REID

David Worthington head of Culture and Information. Picture by FRANK REID

Since 2013, the library service budget has been reduced by almost 16 per cent, but the savings haven’t had a direct impact on the library opening hours or the branch library network.

But now the service is having to find savings from 2016, and bosses say this cannot be achieved without reviewing the whole service, including front-line operations.

As part of the review, they are consulting with local people to seek their views on ways of delivering services, make savings and improve facilities.

This will include opening hours, online services, generating income, and volunteers.

The review will cover whether the branch libraries are in locations that serve the needs of communities in the town.

David Worthington, the council’s head of culture and information, said: “We have had a good response to the consultation so far and I would like to thank everyone who has taken part, but if people haven’t yet done so, I hope they will take the time to have their say and help shape the future of our libraries.”

People can find out more and give their views by completing a Library Review Survey online at www.hartlepool.gov.uk/library_consultation_2015 or at any of the library branches during normal opening hours. You can also send written comments to: The Library Review, Hartlepool Central Library, 124 York Road, Hartlepool, TS26 9DE or email infodesk@hartlepool.gov.uk

The closing date is May 23.