wi-fi and computer use coming to Burnham Library from April
wi-fi and computer usage is coming to Burnham-On-Sea Library as
part of a raft of changes announced for Somersets Library
Service this week.
of respondents to a library consultation survey said more should
be done to inspire all to take advantage of the digital age.
charges for using computers in libraries will be removed from
1st April 2015 and free wi-fi will be installed in all Somerset
libraries, including in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge.
other changes will see withdrawing and combining a number of mobile
library stops from August.
any mobile library stops are withdrawn, people who may be affected
will be supported to access alternative library facilities through
community meetings and face-to-face support," said a spokesman.
mobile library stops which are within half a mile of each other
will be combined while 17 stops which support residential homes
and sheltered housing will instead be supported by the Home Library
council will also discontinue the purchase of music CDs in order
to phase out music CD lending.
changes were approved by Somerset County Councils Cabinet
Members this week and will contribute towards savings of £472,000
for the next financial year.
David Hall, Somerset County Councils Cabinet Member with
responsibility for Libraries said: "Id like to thank
everyone who responded to the consultation about these changes.
The significant level of response reflects the effort that was
made to raise awareness of the proposed changes. The fact that
every proposal was supported by the majority of the respondents
highlights the quality engagement undertaken by officers before
any proposals were considered so that the views of library users
could be understood fully."
comment was considered before these final proposals were agreed
and put before Cabinet Members. While some of the decisions have
been difficult, we should save nearly £500,000 over the
coming financial year with minimal disruption to our customers."
increase in funding of £10,000 per year for the Home Library
Service and a new contract with the Royal Voluntary Service, beginning
on 1st April 2015, will ensure Somersets most vulnerable
can still access library services, says the council.