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Barnet libraries are changing

  • Libraries

During 2017 you will notice some big changes to your local library services, as we work towards delivering our vision to run a more cost effective and modern library service.

These changes will make sure all 14 libraries stay open and continue to be at the heart of the community for many years to come.

Main changes

  • increasing the total number of opening hours at 10 libraries using Self-Service Opening
  • reduction in the number of staffed hours
  • smaller libraries with more commercial space for hire/rent.
  • some changes to fees and charges

Library services will be delivered through three types of library - Core, Core Plus and Partnership Libraries - each with a slightly different offer. 

Changes that come into place on 1 April 2017 will see fewer staffed hours and the introduction of self-service opening at many of the 14 libraries. This is necessary because the council has to find £61.5 million of savings between now and 2020.  The library service will contribute £2.2 million towards the savings target by 2019/20, while still delivering a modern and accessible library service 

The shape of the new service was agreed by the council in 2016, following a detailed review of the options and extensive public consultation with residents. Read more about the consultation on our how decisions were made.

Building works

As part of the new library service offer, some changes have been made to library buildings.

If you have any comments or questions, you can email us at changinglibraries@barnet.gov.uk.

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