Service is for future

I WOULD like to respond to last week’s letter from Karl Grubb.

For around three years we have been talking to – and listening to – local residents to help us modernise the district’s library services.

We must do this because there is no doubt that over the past 30 years the way people use libraries has changed, especially with the introduction of new technology.

The results of our consultation with people in the Stanley and Outwood East ward – which is where Outwood library is located – revealed that the majority of local people want to see investment in a new mobile library service (48 per cent) and in the proposed hub libraries (36 per cent).

So this is exactly what we are proposing to do.

Even in the face of unprecedented financial challenges, which will affect every service we provide, we are still going to invest £1m in library services.

It is by listening to local people that we have developed these plans for new library services, which include improved facilities, better range of stock, an expanded range of mobile and community-based services and improved opening hours.

By making these changes, Wakefield’s library service will have a future because we will be able to give people the library service they want and will use.

Coun David Dagger

Wakefield Council

cabinet member

for libraries