Entrance to Reading Central Library

Following the Budget Consultation, Reading Borough Library is now undertaking a Library Service Review before deciding on how to deliver the service in future in order to make cost savings.

We are required by the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act to provide a ‘comprehensive and efficient’ library service for all individuals who live, work or study within the Borough. The size of the funding cuts the Council is now facing means that we cannot continue to deliver the library service the way we have in the past,” says the Reading Library Service.

In making cost savings, Reading Borough Council set out principles for changes to the Library Service:

  • preserving or enhancing services for the most vulnerable
  • retaining the central library as a community hub at the heart of the service in central Reading
  • where appropriate, co-locating libraries to provide access to a greater range of services from well-used public buildings
  • ensuring free public access to IT at a range of community locations

The consultation is Phase 1 of the decision making process for library cost savings; the deadline to take part is 10 am 23 November 2015.

Contributions to the consultation can be made by:

  • completing the online questionnaire
  • completing a hard copy of the questionnaire available at council buildings, including libraries, leisure centres, children’s centres and the Civic Offices.
  • emailing [email protected]
  • writing to: Library Review, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU

  1. Full details of the Library Service Review
  2. Library Review Consultation Leaflet