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Barnet libraries are changing

  • Libraries

Over the coming months, you'll notice some big changes to your local library services, as we work towards delivering our vision to run a more cost effective and modern library service.

These changes will make sure all 14 libraries stay open and continue to be at the heart of the community for many years to come.

Main changes

  • increase to the total number of opening hours at 10 libraries using Self-Service Opening
  • reduction in the number of staffed hours
  • smaller libraries with more commercial space for hire/rent.
  • some changes to fees and charges

Library services will be delivered through three types of library - Core, Core Plus and Partnership Libraries - each with a slightly different offer. 

Find out how the changes will affect your local library.

Changes that come into place on 1 April 2017 will see fewer staffed hours and longer opening hours at many of the 14 libraries. This is necessary because the council has to find £61.5 million of savings between now and 2020.  The library service will contribute £2.2 million towards the savings target by 2019/20, while still delivering a modern and accessible library service 

The shape of the new service was agreed by the council in 2016, following a detailed review of the options and extensive public consultation with residents. Read more about the consultation on our how decisions were made.

Building works

As part of the new library service offer, some changes will also need to be made to library buildings.

The building and refurbishment works are split into two main phases; those that do not require planning consent and those that do.  The works taking place before the end of January 2017 do not require planning consent.  For works that do require consent, planning applications have been submitted to the planning authority. The works will take place from the end of January 2017, pending planning consent. 

Find out more about the proposed changes, along with indicative timelines of when works to each library space are proposed to take place.

Information display boards about the changes are also in place at each library site.

If you have any comments or questions, you can email us at changinglibraries@barnet.gov.uk.

Where can I find library services while my local library is temporarily closed?

Ahead of any temporary library closures, we'll display the closure period together with opening times of nearby libraries and travel information about how to get there on public transport. This information will be displayed both on temporary closure schedule web section and in libraries.

How long will my library be closed for?

This will depend on the type of work needed and the closure period will vary at each site. We will do our best to maintain a library service during the building works period but, where this is not possible, for example due to health and safety reasons, then the library will be temporarily closed.

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