Durham Libraries For You: get involved
We want your views on what you need from County Durham libraries. Whether you use your local library, access digital library services or currently do not use our libraries, we want to hear from you on how library services should be delivered in the future.
- 39 buildings throughout County Durham - 12 are in town centres and 27 are in smaller communities
- a mobile library that delivers books to the rural west of the county in over 80 communities
- a book bus that enables people in care homes to choose their own books
- the Books on Wheels service that provides materials to people who are unable to access library buildings
The last review of our library service was held in 2012 and, following the public consultation, five areas of need were identified:
- reading for pleasure
- raising confidence, skills and aspirations through access to informal and formal learning facilities, for study, research, self-improvement and knowledge
- the development of individual literacy
- local community and public service information
- a place to meet and participate in community life
Our libraries are a vital community asset and they play a key role in our neighbourhoods and communities.
In recent years, we have experienced massive digital and technological advances and our services have had to revitalise to reflect this.
As a result of things such as Covid-19, we have learnt that we need to continually keep up to date and make sure our library services are fit for purpose and continue to provide the best experience and also attract new users.
At this stage, we want to gather your views and opinions, to help us understand:
- what makes you value the library services you use
- why you do not use County Durham libraries
- what you would look for in library services in the future
This will help us to:
- identify new priorities and needs for County Durham library services for all County Durham residents
- understand the role you wish the library within the community
- look at how the library and its services could support community needs and aspirations
- ensure we continue to provide a comprehensive, engaging, responsive and efficient service
- identify and recommend the use of new technologies in the library service
Have your say
We are hoping to hold in person sessions in libraries, however, at the moment we can only offer online sessions.
- complete the online Get involved with your libraries survey
- contact us by email or phone if you need help with the survey, would like an Easy Read version of the consultation or want to give us more feedback
- pick up a paper copy of the survey from your local library
- attend one of our themed focus groups or a local Area Action Partnership (AAP) meeting where we will discuss the consultation (see details below)
The deadline for comments is 5.00pm on Friday 1 April 2022.
Places are limited for the focus groups and allocated on a first come first served bases. Please book your place early to guarantee it.
|Date||Time||Who we want to hear from||Location||Register for a place|
|Tuesday 25 January||12.00pm||Differently abled users||Online||Book at place at the differently abled users focus group online|
|Tuesday 25 January||4.00pm||Computer users||Online||Book a place at the computer users focus group online|
|Monday 31 January||6.00pm||Users who have joined a library in the last year||Online||Book a place at the new library users focus group online|
|Tuesday 1 February||10.00am||People who no longer use the library||Online|
|Tuesday 1 February||4.00pm||Reference users||Online||Book a place at the reference users focus group online|
|Friday 4 February||11.00am||General library users focus group||Online||Book a place at the general library users focus group online|
|Thursday 10 February||6.00pm||Weardale AAP meeting||Online||Book a place at the Weardale AAP meeting by emailing us|
|Thursday 17 February||4.00pm||Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP meeting||Online||Book a place at the Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP meeting by emailing us|
|Monday 28 February||6.00pm||Chester-le-Street AAP meeting||Online||Book a place at the Chester-le-Street AAP meeting by emailing us|
|Wednesday 2 March||6.00pm||4 Together AAP meeting||Online||Book a place at the 4 Together AAP meeting by emailing us|
|Wednesday 9 March||4.00pm||Stanley AAP meeting||Online||Book a place at the Stanley AAP meeting by emailing us|
|Wednesday 9 March||6.00pm||East Durham AAP meeting||Online||Book a place at the East Durham AAP meeting by emailing us|
|Thursday 10 March||6.00pm||3 Towns AAP meeting||Online||Book a place at the 3 Towns AAP meeting by emailing us|
|Wednesday 16 March||6.00pm||Teesdale AAP meeting||Online||Book a place at the Teesdale AAP meeting by emailing us|
|Thursday 17 March||6.00pm||Spennymoor AAP meeting||Online||Book a place at the Spennymoor AAP meeting by emailing us|
|Wednesday 23 March||6.00pm||Durham AAP meeting||Online||Book a place at the Durham AAP meeting by emailing us|
|Tuesday 29 March||6.00pm||Great Aycliffe and Middridge AAP meeting||Online||Book a place at the Great Aycliffe and Middridge AAP meeting by emailing us|
|Wednesday 30 March||6.00pm||Mid Durham AAP meeting||Online||Book a place at the Mid Durham AAP meeting by emailing us|
|Wednesday 30 March||6.00pm||Derwent Valley AAP meeting||Online||Book a place at the Derwent Valley AAP meeting by emailing us|
|Wednesday 30 March||9.30am||East Durham Rural Corridor AAP meeting||Online||Book a place at the East Durham Rural AAP meeting by emailing us|
If you want to volunteer at a library, our libraries offers a range of opportunities for volunteers.
What happens next
All the feedback will be gathered and reviewed carefully to help develop priorities for the library service and influence proposals for a new library service for County Durham residents. We will further discuss this with residents and our communities in due course.
- Libraries for You consultation
- Libraries for You consultation
- 03000 26 0000