Taking a look at books.

What’s important for families visiting a library? That’s what B&NES wants to find out as parents and carers of children aged zero to 11 are being invited to have their say on what they want from library and information services in the district in a survey launched today (September 21st).

Bath & North East Somerset Council is asking for feedback on what is important for families when visiting a library, when they might visit and whether libraries have helped their children’s reading abilities. The survey also seeks to understand why families may not use libraries.

In March this year, the council ran a survey for adults to find out how people use the services, why they don’t use the services and gathering feedback to inform future improvements.

Now the council is seeking views specifically from parents and carers of young children who use the libraries to ensure they meet children’s needs as they develop.

Councillor Dine Romero, cabinet member for Children and Young People, and Communities, said: “We know how important libraries are in getting young children interested in reading from an early age and the positive impact this can have in later life. We want to ensure that our services best support children’s learning and enjoyment of books, so even if you haven’t used our libraries before and you have children aged up to 11, take part and tell us why. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey.”

The survey can be found here and runs until October 10.

The results of the general survey carried out in March are available to view online here.

Find out more about the council’s Library and Information Services