Views on library sought

The Queenstown Lakes District Council is seeking community views on library services in the district as part of a review to help shape future service delivery and the council's 10-year plan.

Both library members and non-members are being asked to respond to a survey on issues including opening hours and the importance of services available at present.

The survey will also gauge community attitudes towards possible future services such as 3-D printing and the adoption of a user-pays policy or something similar for all or some library services.

Council general manager operations Ruth Stokes said the survey was the first chance for people to get involved in the library review process, which was about the council understanding what the community thought about its library services and what it would like to see in the future.

Meanwhile, the Wanaka Public Libraries Association (WPLA) has released a report from its own survey on libraries in the Wanaka ward carried out in August.

The survey showed library users wished the libraries to continue to develop without loss of service and identified several issues requiring review by the council, such as opening hours, internet usage and parking.

A valuable baseline had been established by the WPLA survey, the first in a longitudinal study, the report said.

The council survey can be taken online at http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/qldc/qldc-library-survey/ and is open until January 13.

Hard copies of the survey will also be available at all libraries in the district.