Developing a new library strategy for Enfield

Status:
Current consultation
Start date:
13 December 2023
Closing date:
06 March 2024

Details

We must provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for people who live, work or study in the borough of Enfield. This includes books and access to digital resources, quiet spaces for study and reflection, access to support groups and social activities for all ages, health and wellbeing support, makerspaces, training and employment advice.

Like all local authorities, the Council is facing significant funding pressures. The Council has had a 42% reduction in overall funding since 2010. The Council is under a duty to set a balanced budget. The Council must make savings of £39.4 million in 2024/25, and there is a forecasted budget gap of £118.7 million for the 5 years through to 2028/29. It is inevitable that savings will need to be made now and in years to come across Council services in order to set a balanced budget.

The Council is under a duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service. In light of these funding pressures, we need to consider whether our library service can be delivered in a more efficient way, while ensuring that it continues to meet people’s needs and is comprehensive.

We want to hear from you about whether you use our library service, your experience of our libraries and how we could deliver our library service more efficiently so as to make savings in the library budget.

We will use your feedback and ideas to help us develop a draft proposal for a new library strategy for Enfield. We will then publish and consult on this draft strategy in summer 2024. We will carefully consider any responses to that consultation and anticipate being able to finalise a new library strategy and implement any changes in early 2025.

Who can participate

Those who live, work and study in the borough, representatives of schools, colleges, health organisations, local business, voluntary and community sector organisations, the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade.

How you can share your views

Please give us your views by completing our questionnaire (website). Alternatively, if you have difficulties completing this, you can instead fill in the easy read version of the questionnaire (website).

As an alternative, you can email us at libraries.engagement@enfield.gov.uk.

We will also be available to discuss the engagement, answer your questions and help you complete the questionnaire if required, at one of our drop-in sessions between 4 and 31 January 2024. Find out where we’ll be and when:

Details of our drop-in sessions (PDF, 44.49 KB)

Closing date

6 March 2024 (11.59pm)

Further information

You may find it useful to read the following:

If you would like this information translated into another language or format or have any queries about this engagement, please call 020 8379 1000 or email libraries.engagement@enfield.gov.uk.

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