Surrey County Council held a Cabinet meeting on 27 September 2011. During this meeting the future of Surrey’s Public Library network was discussed and the following recommendations were made.
- 10 libraries to be provided via Community partnership and to be run by volunteers. 9 more libraries may be run in a similar manner if the 1st 10 are regarded as successful when they are reviewed after April 2013.
- Molesey Library is no longer to be run in Community partnership, but will remain as part of the main Surrey Libraries network.
- The 10 libraries won’t be staffed by Surrey County Council in 2012/2013. If any of them haven’t progressed towards community partnership by December their future will be re-considered.
- Services to replace the mobile libraries will be endorsed. NB: The mobile libraries ran for the last time in Surrey last week.
Further details of these recommendations can be found here.
During the meeting, a number of questions were raised by library users/campaigners regarding the changes to the library service.
The recommendations were passed by Cabinet.
Following this, on Saturday morning library campaigners held a number of events at libraries in Surrey that would be affected by the decisions. In the afternoon, a rally was held outside Woking Library. The aim being to highlight and challenge the changes being made to Surrey Libraries. Campaigners also collected petition signatures, for both the local campaign & the W.I. national campaign. A number of people spoke at the rally: Alan Gibbons sent a message of support, UNISON spoke about the cuts, campaigners talked about Surrey’s plans and their concerns and, as a representative for Voices For The Library, I highlighted the value of public libraries by reading out quotes/comments from library users throughout the country.