- Cllr John OsmanLeader of the County Council
- Sue CrowleyTeam Manager Library Services.
- Oliver WoodhamsStrategic Manager
Leave Our Library Alone
We are asking for three things:
1/ For our library to be left where it is at the heart of our town.
2/ For opening hours to be longer, in keeping with other opening hours in town.
3/ For automation to be used to support staff, not to cut their hours or jobs.
The three things we are campaigning for above each improve accessibility to the library for our community, in keeping with the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964.
We need the library to stay visible and high profile in the centre of our community, so that it remains easily accessible to all. Reading is the cornerstone of most of our education and books need to be at the centre of our lives, not tucked away, out of sight behind trees.
Smiling, helpful staff increase the library's accessibility by reaching out to visitors and giving them individual help. Extending rather than shortening library hours enables more people to visit. Which means the service is more viable and serves more people and is less at risk of being wound down because it looks like nobody is using it.
Read more about this issue, here.
- Leader of the County Council
Cllr John Osman
- Team Manager Library Services.
- Strategic Manager
Please, Leave Our Library Alone.
We need Shepton Mallet library to remain where it is in the Market Square, for staff to remain in their jobs, supported by technology, not replaced by it and we need longer opening hours in line with normal hours of trading in the town.
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