Future of libraries set to be discussed

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A public meeting will be held as part of a consultation into the future of libraries.

The meeting takes place at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Lytton Way, Stevenage, at 6.30pm on Monday, and is part of a Hertfordshire County Council consultation to develop a 10-year strategy for library services.

There will also be drop-in sessions at libraries across the county, including Stevenage Central Library on Saturday, November 23, between 10am and midday, and Stevenage Old Town Library from 2pm to 4pm on Monday, December 2.

Frances Button, the county council’s cabinet member with responsibilities for libraries, as well as key officers, will be on hand at the public meeting to answer questions and discuss any issues raised.

Cllr Button said: “Our aim is for Hertfordshire libraries to be fit for the future, providing residents with the right services in the right places.”

She said the consultation was the starting point for a conversation about the future of the county’s libraries, involving residents from the start, before any decisions are made.

You can complete a questionnaire online at www.hertsdirect.org/libraryconsultation

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Printed copies of the survey are also available at individual libraries.

The consultation runs until December 31, with the new library strategy set to be published in spring 2014.