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The Health Secretary has set out the next steps in the fight against Coronavirus. See the press conference at Youtube: Coronavirus press conference (19 January 2022).

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.

Background

We have:

  • 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.

    Icon for pdf Libraries for You transcript (PDF, 71.8kb)

    The consultation

    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.

    DateTimeWho we want to hear fromLocationRegister for a place
    Tuesday 25 January12.00pmDifferently abled usersOnlineBook at place at the differently abled users focus group online
    Tuesday 25 January4.00pmComputer usersOnlineBook a place at the computer users focus group online
    Monday 31 January6.00pmUsers who have joined a library in the last yearOnlineBook a place at the new library users focus group online
    Tuesday 1 February10.00amPeople who no longer use the libraryOnline

    Book a place at the people who no longer use the library focus group online

    Tuesday 1 February4.00pmReference usersOnlineBook a place at the reference users focus group online
    Friday 4 February11.00amGeneral library users focus groupOnlineBook a place at the general library users focus group online
    Thursday 10 February6.00pmWeardale AAP meetingOnlineBook a place at the Weardale AAP meeting by emailing us
    Thursday 17 February4.00pmBishop Auckland and Shildon AAP meetingOnlineBook a place at the Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP meeting by emailing us
    Monday 28 February6.00pmChester-le-Street AAP meetingOnlineBook a place at the Chester-le-Street AAP meeting by emailing us
    Wednesday 2 March6.00pm4 Together AAP meetingOnlineBook a place at the 4 Together AAP meeting by emailing us
    Wednesday 9 March4.00pmStanley AAP meetingOnlineBook a place at the Stanley AAP meeting by emailing us
    Wednesday 9 March6.00pmEast Durham AAP meetingOnlineBook a place at the East Durham AAP meeting by emailing us
    Thursday 10 March6.00pm3 Towns AAP meetingOnlineBook a place at the 3 Towns AAP meeting by emailing us
    Wednesday 16 March6.00pmTeesdale AAP meetingOnlineBook a place at the Teesdale AAP meeting by emailing us
    Thursday 17 March6.00pmSpennymoor AAP meetingOnlineBook a place at the Spennymoor AAP meeting by emailing us
    Wednesday 23 March6.00pmDurham AAP meetingOnlineBook a place at the Durham AAP meeting by emailing us
    Tuesday 29 March6.00pmGreat Aycliffe and Middridge AAP meetingOnlineBook a place at the Great Aycliffe and Middridge AAP meeting by emailing us
    Wednesday 30 March6.00pmMid Durham AAP meetingOnlineBook a place at the Mid Durham AAP meeting by emailing us
    Wednesday 30 March6.00pmDerwent Valley AAP meetingOnlineBook a place at the Derwent Valley AAP meeting by emailing us
    Wednesday 30 March9.30amEast Durham Rural Corridor AAP meetingOnlineBook a place at the East Durham Rural AAP meeting by emailing us

    Volunteering

    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.

    Contact us
    Libraries for You consultation
    03000 26 0000