York libraries consultation launched

York libraries consultation launched

York's libraries could soon be run by a charity, following a consultation in the city to find out what the public want from their library service.

City of York council has launched the six-week consultation today, asking people where the city's libraries should be based, what they should provide and how they should be run.

Councillors have suggested that the service could be run by a community benefit society, a charity established by the council. The move could help the authority to save money, as it looks to cut 10% from it's library budget in the next financial year. York currently has 14 libraries, and the council has previously pledged that none of them will close.

Fiona Williams, the authority's head of libraries and archives told the York Press newspaper: "We want to maintain the quality of the service we have, and improve it if possible. By finding out what people want from libraries, we can ensure we make the right decisions about their future." The consultation is available to access at libraries in the city and from the council website. It closes on November 5th.