Residents are split on Kirklees Council’s plan to reduce its library service.
Proposals could see 100 jobs lost with only Huddersfield and Dewsbury libraries remaining open, plus the home delivery service.
But the results of Kirklees Council’s latest public consultation have revealed that, of 2,916 responses, 26% felt it was a ‘good idea’ to develop alternative options for running library services.
A further 24% said this was an ‘OK idea’, 18% were ‘not keen’, 19% said they felt this was a ‘bad idea’ and 13% said it was neither good nor bad.
The results have prompted the council to launch a library-specific consultation to run between January 19 and April 10.
Clr Graham Turner, Cabinet member for Resources, said: “The economic downturn has meant that the library service will now have to deliver services with a much reduced budget and we need to look at new ways of working to ensure we maintain an efficient and comprehensive service.
“We need to consult on proposals and consider responses from users and non-users of the service.
“Officers and I have been engaging with many groups over the last few months to try to find positive solutions to enable us to provide a library service with the help and support of local communities.”
Three models are proposed - town libraries, community-supported libraries and community-run libraries.
Communities from Meltham to Heckmondwike are looking at how the library service can be retained in light of Kirklees proposals, with Friends of groups being formed to lead the way.
Clr Turner added that the three models could also be in addition to book-drops in some locations.
There was also the possibility of library services relocating to join other council services.”
A self-completion questionnaire will be available on the library website and in libraries and community venues from January 19.