Libraries 4 Life

The County Council Consultation

Northamptonshire County Council is currently undertaking a public consultation comprising three options, all of which include cuts to our libraries, with the potential of the closure of some libraries or handing them over to other organisations to run.

There are currently 36 libraries, plus the mobile library, owned and operated by the County Council. The consultation options all remove the mobile library and offload the vast majority of libraries within the county. Options 1 and 2 only retain 15 libraries to be operated by the council, and option 3 only retains 8 libraries to be operated by the council.

We feel that this is a “sham consultation”, and that the County Council has already made the decision to cut services and are only offering three different options for cuts in order to be able to say “the public backed this option of cuts”. 

If the consultation was a true consultation of the public, then there would be an option to retain all of the libraries in public ownership and operated by the County Council. This is what we are calling “Option 4”:

Keep ALL of Northamptonshire's libraries open, in permanent public ownership and operated by professionally trained staff, for the benefit of all residents in the county that wish to make use thereof.

#Option4 #Libraries4Life

How to respond to the consultation

Because the consultation surveys only contain options that include cuts, we are asking people to respond outwith the official survey forms that constrain feedback.

To do this we ask for people to provide input to the consultation either asking for Option 4 to be added to the consultation, or inviting the council to withdraw the consultation and proposed cuts completely.

You can do this either by e-mailing consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk or by post to:

Draft Budget and Council Plan Consultation
Northamptonshire County Council
One Angel Square
Northampton
NN1 1ED

You can see the full details of the consultation on Northamptonshire County Council’s website by clicking here.

How to support and help save our libraries:

Use our "Action Toolkit"

We have put together a toolkit that helps you take action - from spreading the word on Social Media, to signing petitions and joining in events and more....

Find out about local library campaigns

Each library has got its own campaign, here you can find out what your local campaign is doing...

Register your local campaign

Provide us with contact details of your local library's campaign so that we can share it with our vistiors.

Use your local library

It sounds obvious, but using your local library is a great way to make a positive impact as statistics are gathered on library usage...

Find us on Social Media

Here you can find our campaign on various Social Media sites...

Respond to the Consultation

Find out how to respond to the County Council Consultation and to put Option 4 forwards.

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