Hornsey Children’s Library is being re-decorated from Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 March. While we improve your library, there may be interruptions to the service and periods of temporary closure. We apologise for any inconvenience caused while we make these changes.

Your Libraries - Your Views

Haringey Council is committed to keeping all of the borough’s nine libraries open.

We have undertaken a review to ensure we continue to provide services that local residents both need and want.

The review

Please note, the review has not considered out-sourcing or reducing the number of libraries in our borough.

If there is one thing we do know, our libraries are very popular. Wood Green Central Library alone is one of the top 20 most visited libraries in the country!

The review has explored possible new investment and resource opportunities. Feedback from residents is now helping the council to decide how best to improve facilities and services, and so encourage even more people to use our libraries.

Haringey Council chose consultants Activist to undertake the review of the Library Service, to build on previous work carried out to help us understand the profile of library users.

The review has helped us capture your aspirations for the borough’s libraries; to examine what the service should look like in future years - to develop a vision for our libraries and to set out how we will achieve this vision.

We already know from a comprehensive customer satisfaction survey undertaken in 2012, the library services that people use the most are:

  • access to free computers
  • sitting and reading for pleasure
  • newspapers and magazines
  • using quiet study facilities
  • using the Free Wi-Fi

Service that users are most satisfied with are:

  • borrowing adult fiction and non-fiction books
  • sitting and reading for pleasure
  • reading newspapers/magazines
  • borrowing children’s books or bringing children to choose their own books
  • using free computers

Other results from the 2012 survey are summarised in the library data analysis document (PDF, 163KB).

We are now considering the preferences and priorities that people have for Haringey’s libraries. We have been particularly keen to hear from people who do not use our libraries at present.

Have Your Say

The consultation surveys have now ended but there are still workshops taking place in February 2014. If you would like to take part in one of these workshops please email us with your expression of interest. Places are limited and we may not be able to accommodate everyone who responds.

Email: zoe.robertson@haringey.gov.uk

What happens next

A report looking at the outcome of the consultation and further recommendations on the future of our libraries will be presented to Cabinet during 2014.