February 2011 – Oral Question on the future of Hanwell & Perivale Libraries

by Nigel Bakhai on 7 February, 2011


Will the Portfolio holder reassure library users that the Council has no plans to close Hanwell or Perivale libraries or the Mobile Library Service?


A review of the library service is currently being undertaken to inform our decisons on the future direction for libraries. This is looking at:

* Improving the Service Offer

* Buildings and locations

* Partnerships

* Value for Money

* Organisation and delivery

We are looking at how cost effective the library service is and how the service offer meets local needs. We will need to make decisions in the light of this. This will involve consideration of - fewer but better buildings; deciding how we might continue providing a service in different ways and, in some instances, stop doing things that are no longer cost effective and improve the overall service offer. Currently we operate from thirteen library buildings; a mobile library; home library service; the hospital library based at Ealing Hospital and an on-line access to the library service.

No decisions have yet been made and public consultation will commence at the end of the month.

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