Residents still have time to have their say about plans to modernise library services in Wolverhampton.

The City of Wolverhampton Council's draft Libraries Strategy for 2017 to 2027 seeks to maintain its 16 strong network of libraries while further improving the services they offer to people who live, work, visit or study in Wolverhampton.

The strategy was developed following engagement with more than 500 people including library users, staff and volunteers, community groups and residents.

It is currently subject to a 12 week consultation, which ends on Sunday 21 May, 2017, and people are invited to have their say by visiting Type=articles;Articleid=9314;Title=Your views on libraries; and completing a short online survey.

The 10 year strategy features several specific proposals including:

  • maintaining provision of 16 branch libraries, and seeking ways of making improvements to them all
  • modernising Central Library, improving the environment in response to feedback from customers, and exploring the creation of a wider City Learning Quarter with the City of Wolverhampton College and Adult Education Wolverhampton
  • reviewing the location of Bilston Library to improve accessibility

The strategy for 2017 to 2027, along with the online survey, can be found at Type=articles;Articleid=9314;Title=Your views on libraries;. Hard copies of the strategy and survey are available by calling 01902 552025 or by emailing

All feedback received will be analysed and will help shape the final libraries strategy, which is due to be considered by councillors in July.

As well as public library provision, people can also have their say about the Home Library Service and Education Library Service as part of the consultation.

  • released: Wednesday 10 May, 2017