Coventry’s libraries may move online

Coventry’s libraries may move online

A proposal put forward by Coventry City Council could see library users go online to order books and collect them from local community centres.

In a move that would help to make £1m of savings, library users would search for and order books online and these would then be retrieved by library staff and sent out to community centres for collection.

Councillor Kevin Maton, cabinet member for learning and skills, told The Coventry Telegraph: “Some council wards like mine, Henley, don’t have libraries. We are looking to move towards people being able to order their books online and then collect them. They won’t be on the shelves on whichever library but they will be available to order. There will be somewhere they will be able to collect the books they have ordered. It’s a proposal at this stage.”

The proposals come during widespread cuts to Coventry's library service.

Arena Park Library is due to close on Saturday 27th August and plans are being made to move some of its books to a community care association in nearby Holbrook Lane, and reopening the library there.

The council has called for community groups to run the libraries at Caludon, Cheylesmore, Coundon, Finham and Earlsdon, while Willenhall Library is to be moved into the neighbouring Hagard Youth and Community Centre.

The council plans to run Aldermoor, Canley, Hillfields, Jubilee Crescent and Allesley Park libraries as partnerships with other organisations. Central, Bell Green, Foleshill, Stoke and Tile Hill libraries are set to continue to be run by the council.