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Libraries branch out as views sought on reading matters

24 January 2018

Children and staff at Balderstone Library.

The council has a proud record of investing in local libraries providing a range of excellent services which are at the heart of local communities.

After working hard to safeguard the future of the borough's 17 libraries against the severe government funding cuts that have taken place since 2010, we're now seeking the views of local residents, as we gear up for a new programme to provide even more facilities at local branches.

A borough-wide consultation is seeking people's views about the services provided in local libraries, what they like and what services they would like to see more of.

Recent investment has seen new computers, a range of digital services, IT support and training opportunities provided at branches across the borough.

In a further boost the new BorrowBox facility ensures book lovers can access their favourite titles online, not just from the borough's libraries but across Greater Manchester.

The consultation is running until Friday, 16 February 2018 and the library survey can be accessed online and will also be available at all library branches.

'We have one of the best library services across Greater Manchester'

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for libraries, said: "We have one of the best library services across Greater Manchester with fantastic staff across 17 branches. Standing still is not an option though and we want to make our services even bigger and better; our branches are much more than a book lending service, important as that is. This consultation is about listening to people's views as we invest in the future of our local libraries and enter a new chapter of service delivery. "

Councillor Allen Brett, leader of the council, said: "This is a terrific idea from our library service. Our 17 branches are there to be enjoyed by all ages. We particularly want to engage with young people to reiterate that libraries can be vibrant, fun places, not just quiet places where people get told to be quiet."

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