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Help shape Ipswich Libraries’ strategy for the future

ARE you an Ipswich Libraries fan who loves what the service provides or are you someone who does not use the library at all? Either way, council wants to hear from you.

Ipswich City Council is undertaking a strategic review to help guide how its library service develops into the future.

The city’s libraries are a major touchpoint for council with the community, with more than 20,000 items loaned each week across the Ipswich Libraries network.

Library Services Manager Sylvia Swalling said the city’s libraries were well regarded and it was important they continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of the community into the future.

“While lending books is our core business, our libraries are real hubs for the community that support lifelong learning,” she said.

“This is the community’s chance to share with us what they value about their libraries and what is most important about libraries to them.

“We want to hear about what our libraries do well and where change should be considered to attract as many people as possible into our city’s libraries.

“The survey is one part of the strategic review. We are also hosting 10 focus groups, each with up to 15 participants, at a wide variety of locations and times.

“Once we have collected the community’s feedback, it will be analysed and will form an important part of the overall Libraries Strategy Review.”

As extra incentive, survey respondents will have the chance to win a $50 Coles voucher.

“We understand it will take a few minutes out of people’s day to complete the survey and the chance to win a Coles voucher is our way of saying thanks,” Ms Swalling said.

Outcomes of the strategy review will be communicated back to the community.

The Ipswich Libraries Strategy Review survey is open until 27 November.

To take part, drop into your nearest library or council Community Office, or visit www.ipswichlibraries.com.au

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