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Printed Music & Drama Have Their Say

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Printed Music & Drama Have Their Say

Subscribers to the city council’s printed music and drama service have been having their say on proposals to amend the way they access the 25,000 items in the council’s collection.

The council launched its proposals for a more sustainable service in April this year.

Under these proposals, users across the county would continue to have access to the sheet music and scripts in the collection, but on a self-service basis. Staff would no longer be available to reserve items or arrange loans from other libraries, but the full collection would be easy to view online. The subscription fee – currently £50 per year – would be discontinued, but charges would be made for any items not renewed or returned on time.

During the four-week consultation period, 91 people – representing 51 of the 90+ groups that currently subscribe to the service – completed the questionnaire. Another 15 individuals wrote in with their comments.

Assistant City Mayor Cllr Sarah Russell said: “Although most groups said they would continue to use the proposed service, it was clear from the consultation that there are concerns about the withdrawal of the inter-library loan service and the reservations service.

“However, many of those responding recognise that the council has to make changes and have come up with a number of helpful suggestions that we would like to investigate further.

“Once we’ve looked into these suggestions, we’ll revise our proposals and launch a further period of consultation, before a final decision is taken.”

Ideas put forward by respondents include passing on the charges of inter-library borrowing to the requesting group, charging groups for advance bookings, increasing the annual subscription fee by up to £150, and transferring the service to another organisation with the expertise and funding to run it.

All the suggestions will now be looked into, with a view to consulting on a range of revised proposals once further work on options is completed.

Subscribers to the service have been informed of the next stage of the process and advised that the collection will move from Southfields Library to its new home at Fosse Library in September.

The current level of service will continue at Fosse Library, pending the final decision by the city council’s Executive.