We are proposing changes to the opening hours of some of our libraries and we want you to have your say.
The proposed opening hours are based on community feedback provided via the bi-annual Library Survey, substantial data showing how and when people use their libraries, and the goals stated in our Library Plan (2017-2021).
Every four years, the Geelong Regional Library Corporation creates a Library Plan including a vision, mission, goals and values to help guide us as we move ahead. One of our values is ‘Equity and Access’; promoting and delivering free, accessible and universal access to information, ideas, the Internet and works of the imagination.
A review of opening hours across the network was a key action of the Library Plan (2017-2020). The review was carried out in late 2019 and included an analysis of opening hours, community feedback and library usage statistics.
The purpose of the review was to make sure that opening hours are allocated equitably across the library network and where they provide the most community benefit.
The review resulted in a proposal to change opening hours for some of our branches.
In this proposal, we are focussing on using our efforts to specifically respond to areas where there is less access to technology and free resources.
Please note that there are currently no proposals to change opening hours for our mobile libraries or our branches at Bannockburn, Torquay, Queenscliff or Western Heights.
You can find the detailed proposed opening hours here.
Your feedback on the opening hours proposal will inform our decision about what changes to implement.
Community consultation is open from 20 January - 29 February 2020.
We have created a 'Frequently Asked Questions' document to provide answers to some of the most common questions about the process that we have received through the survey and from feedback to our branches. This document is correct as at 14 February 2020.
Can my feedback make a difference?
Yes. Your suggestions will inform our decision about what specific arrangements need to be made for each branch. They will be taken into consideration alongside the fact that the final proposal must:
You can have your say via the online survey. Print surveys are available on request from your local library branch.
20 January - 29 February 2020
Community consultation and engagement
Geelong Regional Libraries will review feedback and update proposal
Summary of engagement results shared with community
Geelong Regional Library Board considers updated proposal
Proposal presented to City of Greater Geelong Council for adoption and community informed