Our Library Your Say

'A library is a place that is a repository of information and gives every citizen equal access to it. That includes health information. And mental health information. It's a community space. It's a place of safety, a haven from the world'
Neil Gaiman

'I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I'll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me'
Maya Angelou

'When in doubt go to the library'
J.K. Rowling


Whatever you think about libraries, we want to hear it - to help develop our new Inner West Council Library Strategy. The strategy will guide the library service over the next five years and make sure it meets the needs of users now and in the future.

Right now there are eight libraries in the Inner West local government area -

  • Ashfield Library
  • Balmain Library
  • Leichhardt Library
  • Haberfield Library
  • St Peters / Sydenham Library
  • Stanmore Library
  • Marrickville Library
  • Emanuel Tsardoulias Community Library, Dulwich Hill

and an online library of ebooks, audiobooks and other resources. Read more about the current service here.


Have your say

We want to know what you do at the library now and what you want to do/borrow but can't,
are you happy with the service? are there enough books and other resources for you?
are the libraries open at convenient times? what does your ideal library of the future look and feel like?
...and if you don't come to the library, we want to know why and what we can do to welcome you in.

Fill in the Library Strategy survey to let us know
If you would like a paper copy sent to you, call Annie Coulthard on 02 9392 5328.

Survey closes 24 October 2018


Enquiries

Please contact

Rachel Marreiros, Team Leader Balmain Library 9392 5937 rachel.marreiros@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

or

Therese Scott, Library Programs Coordinator 9392 5821 Therese.Scott@innerwest.nsw.gov.au


What happens next

Council will collate all the input gathered in the survey and publish an engagement outcomes report on this page. That information and other research will be used to develop a draft Library Strategy which will be put on public exhibition for public comment later this year. The draft will be finalised, taking into account comments received during the public exhibition process and reported to Council for adoption.

'A library is a place that is a repository of information and gives every citizen equal access to it. That includes health information. And mental health information. It's a community space. It's a place of safety, a haven from the world'
Neil Gaiman

'I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I'll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me'
Maya Angelou

'When in doubt go to the library'
J.K. Rowling


Whatever you think about libraries, we want to hear it - to help develop our new Inner West Council Library Strategy. The strategy will guide the library service over the next five years and make sure it meets the needs of users now and in the future.

Right now there are eight libraries in the Inner West local government area -

  • Ashfield Library
  • Balmain Library
  • Leichhardt Library
  • Haberfield Library
  • St Peters / Sydenham Library
  • Stanmore Library
  • Marrickville Library
  • Emanuel Tsardoulias Community Library, Dulwich Hill

and an online library of ebooks, audiobooks and other resources. Read more about the current service here.


Have your say

We want to know what you do at the library now and what you want to do/borrow but can't,
are you happy with the service? are there enough books and other resources for you?
are the libraries open at convenient times? what does your ideal library of the future look and feel like?
...and if you don't come to the library, we want to know why and what we can do to welcome you in.

Fill in the Library Strategy survey to let us know
If you would like a paper copy sent to you, call Annie Coulthard on 02 9392 5328.

Survey closes 24 October 2018


Enquiries

Please contact

Rachel Marreiros, Team Leader Balmain Library 9392 5937 rachel.marreiros@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

or

Therese Scott, Library Programs Coordinator 9392 5821 Therese.Scott@innerwest.nsw.gov.au


What happens next

Council will collate all the input gathered in the survey and publish an engagement outcomes report on this page. That information and other research will be used to develop a draft Library Strategy which will be put on public exhibition for public comment later this year. The draft will be finalised, taking into account comments received during the public exhibition process and reported to Council for adoption.

Library Strategy Survey 18/6421

The survey is designed so that when you answer the questions, further information may be asked for depending on what your answers are. Some questions may not apply to you so just skip them.

Questions about the main library you visit

Do you or does anyone in your household use one of the 8 inner west public libraries?
Options are limited to
255
Thinking about the main library you selected, how satisfied are you with its look and environment ?
Thinking about the main library you selected, how satisfied are you with the customer service?
Thinking about the library you selected, how satisfied are you with the following collections?
Thinking about the library you selected, how satisfied are you with the following collections? Not at all satisfied Slightly satisfied Moderately satisfied Very satisfied Completely satisfied
Audio books
Childrens books
Study guides
Reference collection
Fiction books
Non-fiction books
Graphic Novels
DVDs
Books in languages other than English
Toys
CDs
E-books
Thinking about the main library you selected, are you satisfied with the current opening hours?
Options are limited to
Options are limited to
255
Thinking about the main library you selected, how satisfied are you with the wi-fi provided?
Options are limited to
255
Thinking about the main library you selected, do you use the printing/photocopying/scanning facilities?
Currently all IWC photocopy/print services are cash only. Would you still use the service if is became credit card only?
Would you pay for scanning services?
What prevents you from becoming a library user?
255
Did you know that Inner West Libraries offer the following services? Check yes or no
Did you know that Inner West Libraries offer the following services? Check yes or no Yes No
Author talks
Baby and rhyme time sessions for babies and toddlers
Book clubs and book club collections
DVDs to borrow
Free access to computers
Free computer classes
Free craft classes and groups
Free English Conversation classes
Free magazines on-line
Free movie streaming
Free wifi
Free home library services
Magazines to borrow
Programs and activities
Warm/cool places to study and sit
School holiday activities
JP service

Questions about general library services

Do you think Inner West Council should provide a musical instrument lending library?
Options are limited to
255
Council is considering the idea that each library has a different themed collection focus in addition to its core collection, for example one library focuses on literary fiction, one focuses on sustainability etc. How much do you agree with the idea?

Questions about the library service communications

Options are limited to
255
How satisfied are you with communications you receive about the IWC Library Service?

Questions about library programs and events

Options are limited to
How much do you agree with the following statements?
How much do you agree with the following statements? Don't agree at all Slightly agree Moderately agree Very much agree Completely agree
The library should be a leader in community education
Education programs should be more in-depth/run for longer
Council should deliver more programs on the weekends and the evenings
Council should charge for its events and programs to offset cost and improve quality
It would be great if some programs had a local/community focus
The programs should be run by local community members
There should be basic catering provided at all programs or events
Thinking about travelling to a library for an event or program you would like to attend, how willing/able are you to travel to a library which is not the main library you selected?
Options are limited to
255

Closing question

About you

255
Your personal details are always kept private and will not be published.
255
We ask for your email so we can update you on the progress of the project.
255
Are you Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander?
Do you identify as having a disability?
255
255