Libraries for the Future E Bulletin - June 2015
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June Bulletin
There’s just one month left to go in the Libraries for the Future consultation, and we would like to thank everyone who has responded. 
No decisions have been made about the future yet, and we would like to encourage you to keep sharing the survey with friends, families and colleagues, whether they are library users or not, so we can get as many views as possible.  As a reminder, the link to the online survey is here:
with the easy-read version here:
and all the information about the background to the consultation, including the proposal documents can be found on our website here:
If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey, these can be found in all our libraries.
Who has responded to the survey so far
So far, 1,744 people have completed the survey and this is what we know about the respondents:
  • Age - excluding ‘rather not say’ responses, the majority of respondents (63%) are aged 25-64 years. There have been only 58 responses from under 16 year-olds and only 3% of total responses were from 16-24 year-olds.
  • Gender - excluding ‘rather not say’ responses, 60% of respondents are female.
  • Ethnicity - excluding ‘rather not say’ responses, the majority of respondents are White (82%).
  • Disability - excluding ‘rather not say’ responses, 9% of respondents reported that they are disabled.
  • Sexual orientation - excluding ‘rather not say’ responses, 82% of respondents reported that they are heterosexual.
  • Library staff – 2% of respondents reported that they are currently working for Bristol City Council’s library service
  • Library customers – 89% of respondents reported that they are a holder of a Bristol Libraries card
95% of survey responses have been from individuals, with 80 responses on behalf of the following organisations:
  • Ambition Lawrence Weston
  • Arch House Deli
  • Bangladesh Association
  • Bristol Arabic Classes
  • Bristol Bus Pass Poets
  • Bristol Gateway School
  • Bristol Islamic School Trust
  • Bristol UNISON
  • BTIT Islamic School
  • Bristol Sudanese Organisation
  • Carfax Court Players
  • Clifton Library Book Group
  • Craft Club and Over 50s Club
  • Chinese Women’s Group
  • Dhekbal
  • Friends of Brislington Brook
  • Hamilton Pre-school
  • Henbury Art Club
  • Include Ltd.
  • Lansdown SPP
  • Learning Partnership West
  • Over 50s St Peters Broomhill
  • Penpole lunch club
  • Penpole residents association
  • Save Wick Road Library Campaign
  • Somali Resource Centre
  • St Mungos Broadway
  • Sudanese Community Association
  • Tamil Sangam
  • The Armory Gym
  • The Crafty Ladies
  • The Make and Do Emporium
  • The Village Pre School
  • Triangle Lunch Club (Ladman Road)
Summary of views 
This is what we know about the responses so far:
Group 1

Group 2

Libraries outside of groups 1 & 2


Swipe card access
Currently, 54% of respondents agree or strongly agree with the proposal to introduce extended access to library buildings via swipe card access.  26% of respondents disagree or strongly disagree.
Other forms of consultation
Alongside the survey, we have been conducting a range of meetings and events for people to share their views.  All the planned evening meetings and drop-ins have now taken place, and the summary notes for the meetings have all been published online at:
In addition to these meetings, we have been reaching out to community and under-represented groups to make sure their views are heard, at city-wide and neighbourhood level, including groups for older people, disabled people, LGBT people, specific BME communities, young parents, tenants’ associations, religious groups and more.  We will continue to talk to groups throughout June.
We have asked all Bristol secondary schools to promote the survey to their pupils, and we continue to offer to go into schools to talk to classes or at assemblies about the consultation. 
The survey in this phase of the consultation is more difficult for Primary School age children, so we are engaging with primary schools in a different way, building on what we learned from the primary school workshops in Phase 1 of the consultation.  During June we will be hold classroom sessions with a small number of schools across Bristol to find out how children use libraries. 
Next steps

Once the consultation closes on 30th June, we will analyse all the responses and produce a report to the Council’s Cabinet on 4th August.  This will be presented alongside our plan for developing the service, which will reflect all the findings from both the consultation periods.    
We will send you another bulletin at the end of June and continue to share any other information via our website

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