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Buckinghamshire Libraries Mobile Library Service Consultation

Update

Following a public consultation which took place between 1 November 2017 and 31 December 2017, a decision has been made to discontinue Buckinghamshire's Mobile Library Service on Friday 1 June 2018.

Therefore the Mobile Library Service last day of operation will be:

Thursday 31 May 2018

Details of the decision and accompanying documents can be found here 

 

We are keen to ensure that alternative community-based options to access library services are available.

This includes:

Home Library Service

Designed for those who find it difficult to visit a library due to age, illness or disability. This is a free monthly service delivered to your home at a suitable time for you by volunteers.

More information at: www.buckscc.gov.uk/home-library-service

Alternatively you may contact the Home Library Service on

Telephone: 01494 475573  Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Please leave an answerphone message out of hours.

Email: homelibraryservice@buckscc.gov.uk

 

Library Buddy scheme 

If you have a relative, friend or neighbour who regularly visits the library and is willing to pick up books on your behalf they could become your ‘Library Buddy’ This would allow you to have a longer loan period, free book and audiobook reservations and loans and no fines on books or audiobooks.

More information about the Library Buddy Service

 

Click and Collect schemes

We have one scheme already running in Lacey Green and are currently working on extending Click and Collect library services to Steeple Claydon and Iver village.

More locations may be added over the coming weeks.

More information about Click and Collect Library Services 

 

Why we consulted

The County Council’s budget has been steadily reducing in recent years, and there is now much less money available to us for funding all of the services that we have previously provided to our residents. 

The library service has generated savings of £2,350,000 over the last eight years and this represents a reduction to our budget of approximately 40%. We have saved money through a combination of measures including management and staffing reviews, reducing back-room costs, making systems and processes more streamlined and the introduction of community libraries. 

The library service still has a challenging savings target, with over £500,000 needed to be saved over the next two years, and so we need to continue to look critically and creatively at every aspect of the service we provide.

When we reviewed mobile library usage over the last two years we looked at the number of customers using our library services. We found that 511 customers solely use mobile libraries and do not visit a library building. We also found that at one third of the service stops made by our mobile library vehicles there was only one mobile customer using the service. The cost of running the mobile service is also high and increasing, with the average cost per item issued at a mobile library being substantially higher than items issued at library buildings. 

We are proposing that from May 2018 the current mobile library service is discontinued. However, we are committed to ensuring that all of our mobile library customers will still be able to access library services and so we are proposing to put in place alternative community-based options.

 

Mobile Library Service Consultation Infographic

Contact libraries

For more information on Buckinghamshire Libraries mobile library service visit: www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/libraries/community/mobile-libraries or www.buckscc.gov.uk/libraries

If you have any questions or comments regarding the Buckinghamshire Libraries Mobile Library Service Consultation 2017 or the decision please contact Buckinghamshire Libraries on 01296 382415 or library@buckscc.gov.uk

Last updated: 09 May 2018

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