Have your say on £7m Rotherham libraries shake-up

By Gareth Dennison | 04/02/2020

Have your say on £7m Rotherham libraries shake-up

A MULTI-million pound shake-up of Rotherham’s library provision has moved to public consultation.

Rotherham Council will invest £7 million across the 15 centres, including moving town centre provision from Riverside to the markets.

The public now has a final chance to give its opinions about the future role of libraries and the improvements being made.

Cllr Sarah Allen, cabinet member for cleaner, greener communities, said: “Libraries are an integral part of our neighbourhoods and it’s important that we create a service responsive to the community’s needs. 

“The consultation is looking how we can best use resources, such as the use of technology and the range of books and audiobooks available, so that libraries continue to be accessible by everyone.”

A staffless libraries pilot project — using card entry, CCTV and self-service machines — is also planned for three centres.

Meanwhile, a separate consultation has been opened for Brinsworth, where the proposal is for the new £270,000 library to be run by a community trust with support from RMBC.

Drop-in sessions will be held at libraries during February, March and April. You can have your say in both consultations until April 26 by clicking here.

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