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Library Consultation


The Isle of Wight Council is seeking the views of local people on a plan to change the way it delivers its library service with greater community involvement in the running of local libraries.

The Council is proposing that Cowes, Freshwater and Ventnor libraries operate in premises which are shared by and funded by local partners.  This is a third kind of library, a Community Supported Library.  This will be a cross between a full community library, entirely managed and paid for by the community and a full branch library which is entirely funded by the council.

The Council is also reducing the amount of money spent on library books across the Island, streamlining and reducing its managerial, administration and support functions, and reducing staffing in its libraries.

The council is consulting on the following proposals:

  1. The introduction of community-supported libraries.
  2. Changes to the mobile library services.
  3. Reduction of opening hours at Cowes, Freshwater and Ventnor libraries.

Consultation Activity

For further information on the proposals, please click here (PDF, 162.42KB, 9 pages).

To read the Equality Impact Assessment, please click here (PDF, 192KB, 14 pages)

To take part and have your say, please click here.

If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the consultation please download a copy here (PDF, 113.93KB, 8 pages) or ask for a copy at your local library, leisure centre or help centre.

The consultation will close at midnight on 6 September 2015.