Fife library users asked to keep service relevant

Fife Cultural Trust has launched a new consultation on its library services.

The service, which axed 16 libraries after its last consultation, now wants to know what it can change “to ensure that the public library service remains important in people’s lives”.

Fife’s library service has gone through a period of significant change in recent years, although it remains one of the biggest networks in Scotland with 37 libraries.

There were 1.4 million visitors last year and there are more than half a million books in stock. Within those visits, there were more than 200,000 computer bookings, 65,000 new books purchased and in excess of 5,000 activities, events and displays for the public to attend.

The trust said it valued its readers, computer users, reading group members and Bookbug babies.

Service development manager for libraries June Souter said: “The library service delivers far more than people realise and we will be making more of what we already do well, but we also want to adapt where necessary.

“It’s all about looking forward, to create a new vision for the library service that will support communities and individuals and keep the remaining library network sustainable for years to come.

“There are exciting opportunities ahead to expand and modernise services but we need current users, former users and those who never have to tell us what they want out of a public library service in the 21st century.”

The trust has commissioned an independent research company, Jump Research, to administer the survey and analyse results.

Jump Research works in accordance with the Market Research Society code of conduct and data protection regulations, meaning all information provided by participants will be treated in confidence and used only in relation to this survey.

The survey can be completed online at users can pick up a paper copy at their local ONFife library, museum or theatre.

The closing date is Sunday October 29.

Everyone who completes the survey and gives contact details will be entered into a prize draw to win vouchers.