Libraries – Assessment of Local Need? Consultation Events.

Dear Murphy, Bernard

Thank you for your link to the information I requested.

Having perused the information I can find nothing which informs me why my highly successful and well patronised Wickersley Community Library (66,990 visits p.a. and 3,642 active borrowers) is to have its hours reduced from 45 hours to 40 hours per week, whereas the much less successful and less patronised Aston Library (53,144 visits p.a. and 3,158 active borrowers) is to have its hours increased from 44.5 hours to 49 hours per week.

Perhaps you are able to inform me of the specific reason/s why my community is once again destined to be disadvantaged by Rotherham MBC.

I look forward to your comprehensive reply.

Yours Sincerely,
Donald H. Buxton

On Mon, 9/7/12, Murphy, Bernard wrote:
From: Murphy, Bernard <>
Subject: Assessment of Local Need
To: Don Buxton
Date: Monday, 9 July, 2012, 16:17

Dear Mr Buxton,

Thank you for taking the time to e-mail us your request for information about the Library Review and in particular the Assessment of Local Need.

You may be interested also to read the full suite of documents connected to the review, which can be found on the library service’s web site – This includes, for example, the document relating to the assessment of local need for the service, to which you refer, and a “rationale” document giving the background to the current proposals.

One of the aims of the consultation is to listen to the views of current and potential customers in terms of whether they believe their library service is accessible. As you may also be aware, we have arranged for drop in consultation sessions at every library in the borough during July. We’d be pleased to have the opportunity to talk to you about your concerns and to discuss how we reached the proposals. Please come along, we are happy to discuss and listen to ideas on how we can continue to provide a modern and vibrant library service  across Rotherham , within the resources available. This is what this consultation stage is all about. The Library review consultation drop in session at Wickersley Library is on Monday July 17 – anytime between 2pm and 6pm.  However, if you can’t attend this session for any reason or you would like to talk to us before then, you could attend any of our drop in sessions based at other libraries where we will be happy to talk to you about access to the Library service in Wickersley.  (I’ve listed all the drop-in consultation sessions below.) I hope this information is useful.

Thank you once again for taking the time to contact us for this information.

Bernard Murphy

• 4th July: Aston Library, 2pm – 6pm

• 5th July: Mowbray Gardens Library, 2pm – 6pm

• 6th July: Greasbrough Library, 2pm – 6pm

• 9th July: Maltby Library, 2pm – 6pm

• 10th July: Brinsworth Library, 2pm – 6pm

• 11th July: Rawmarsh Library, 1pm – 5.30pm

• 12th July: Kiveton Park Library, 2pm – 6pm

• 13th July: Dinnington Library, 2pm – 6pm

• 16th July: Thurcroft Library, 2pm – 6pm

• 17th July: Wickersley Library, 2pm – 6pm

• 18th July: Thorpe Hesley Library, 3.30pm – 7.00pm

• 19th July: Swinton Library, 2pm – 6pm

• 23rd July: Wath Library, 2pm – 6pm

• 24th July: Kimberworth Library, 2pm – 6pm

• 26th July: Riverside House, 2pm – 6pm

• 30th July: Kimberworth Park Library, 2pm – 6pm

Bernard Murphy
Manager : Library and Information Service
Cultural Services
Environment and Development Services
Rotherham MBC ,3rd Floor, Wing A, Riverside House, Main Street
Rotherham S60  1AE

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