We are proud of Dorset library services and want to make sure that what we offer meet your needs. Join our conversation and let us know what you think. Over recent years there has been a decline in traditional library use, but demand for newer library services such as e-books is growing. We want to make sure our services keep up-to-date with what people want and need. ‘Let’s talk libraries’ is about helping us understand the needs in Dorset, and is not about funding.
We have held some face-face sessions in communities so we can understand how the library service can support people with issues such as wellbeing, mental health, children’s literacy and how they can access information from a range of services, not just the council.
Survey now closed
The 'Let's Talk Libraries' survey closed at midnight on 2 December 2018.
Thank you for your interest in the Let’s talk Libraries engagement programme about Dorset Library Service. Many of you attended the face to face focus group sessions and we have received 3,459 responses to our survey. We are currently analysing the feedback and the survey results and expect to provide more information in early February.
Information on Dorset Libraries
A year in the life of Dorset Libraries - 2017/18
- 25 libraries
- Support for 8 community managed libraries
- 1.6 million library visits
- 1,534 home visits to users
- 80,062 hours of public use of library computers
- Free WiFi in every library
- 8,339 children taking part in our Summer Reading Challenge
- 15, 438 volunteer hours
- 49,597 e-book and e-audio downloads - up 48% since 2013/14
- 1,565,618 books and other items issued in 2017/18
- 68,416 people participated in an event to support reading, learning, digital or health and wellbeing from May 2017 to March 2018
Illustration of how the library service spends its money
- 69% staffing
- 19% buildings
- 8% supplies and services (including book fund)
- 4% other
What's happening in your local library