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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, not about funding.

We’ll be holding some face-to-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.

Take part in the survey

The 'Let's Talk Libraries' survey closed at midnight on 2 December 2018.

Join the conversation

The focus groups have now taken place. 

Next stage

We will be reviewing the feedback received from the focus groups and the completed surveys, and we will share the views expressed in January 2019.

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

Dorset Library Service - Headline Data

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


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