The community will be able to influence the shape of future
library services in the Queenstown Lakes District through a
series of library forums, which start at the end of this
Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Vanessa van Uden said she
hoped the forums, being held in Queenstown, Arrowtown,
Glenorchy, Kingston, Wanaka and Lake Hawea,
would attract a wide range of people, including frequent
users, lapsed members and those who had little idea about
what a library could offer.
''This is a genuine opportunity for people to share their
thoughts about what library services will be useful and
relevant for our community well into the future.
''There is no agenda for these forums - it's literally a
''We'll be interested to hear whatever people want to tell
Ms van Uden said more than 1750 people had shared their
opinions on library services through a survey the council had
conducted over the last four weeks.
Some valuable feedback had been generated about opening hours
and the kinds of services people found most useful.
More than 95% of those who took part in the survey were
existing library members. However, the council was keen to
hear from non-members, with increasing patronage one of the
aims of the review.
''It's the people in the community who are paying for the
library service through their rates but don't necessarily use
libraries that we are particularly keen to hear from,'' Ms
van Uden said.
• The library forums will be held at the Queenstown Memorial
Centre from 5.30pm on January 28; at the Arrowtown Athenaeum
Hall on January 29 from 6.30pm; at the Lake Wanaka Centre
from 5.30pm on February 3; in the Hawea Community Centre from
7pm on February 3; at the Kingston Community Centre from
7.30pm on February 7; and in the Glenorchy Hall on February
13 from 7.30pm.