A coffee at the library? You’ll probably have to order it very quietly

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Changes ahead for libraries in Herts could include refreshments being sold to help cover the costs.

The idea is included in a raft of proposals aimed at saving cash and increasing the community connection of the library service put forward by Herts County Council.

A public consultation on the proposals began on Monday and runs until being asked for their views on changes to their local library service in a consultation that starts today (29 September) and runs until Sunday, December 7.

Councillor Frances Button, who looks after the libraries portfolio at County Hall, said: “Please take the time to have your say on these exciting proposals for the future of our library service.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to create a modern and sustainable library service at the heart of local communities.

“We want to continue the drive forward in digital technology and to develop further our partnerships with local residents, organisations and communities.”

Increasing the number of volunteers and making better use of library buildings are also key proposals under review. Find out more at www.hertsdirect.org/inspiringlibraries.