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Have Your Say in the Future of Your Libraries

People across Highland Perthshire are being invited to have their say in the future of local libraries running across the area.

Culture Perth and Kinross (CPK), who operate libraries in Pitlochry, Aberfeldy and Dunkeld, are holding the survey to find out what the key needs of local people are.

A spokesperson for Culture Perth and Kinross said: “Culture Perth and Kinross currently operate thirteen libraries and three mobile libraries across Perth & Kinross. In addition to providing free access to a broad range of books and information resources, libraries provide free Wi-Fi and computer access, book groups, a seed library, local history, activities to develop reading and literacy, information on health and wellbeing and deliver a programme of events and activities for all ages.

“However, needs and interests change over time and Culture Perth and Kinross hopes to hear from users about how, where and when they would like to engage with services in the future and to hear from those who do not currently use the service about what would bring them through the doors.”

The last review was held between 2012 and 2013, but now CPK want to know how the pandemic has changed local people’s needs.

During the pandemic, CPK offered a mobile library service where they would arrive at local doors across Highland Perthshire to deliver books when local people were not allowed inside the library doors.

When CPK reopened in May of last year, Helen Smout, chief executive of Culture Perth and Kinross said: “We can’t wait to see our customers once more. I know how much people have been missing their books and I’m so pleased that we are able to deliver a more comprehensive library offer than previously, bringing services to communities across Perth and Kinross.

“To ensure access to some form of our service is possible across the region, our teams have been working hard to ensure that we open the doors to an increased number of libraries and reintroduce Mobile Library services all at the same time.”

More information about the survey can be found on: www.culturepk.org.uk/libraryreview

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