Northcliffe Public Library survey results released

Pleased with the results: The Northcliffe Public Library will remain in the local visitor centre. Photo: Shire of Manjimup.
Pleased with the results: The Northcliffe Public Library will remain in the local visitor centre. Photo: Shire of Manjimup.

The Shire of Manjimup has acknowledged the outcome of a survey gauging borrowers' experiences in using the Northcliffe Public Library in its new location.

Sixty-five people responded to the survey overall, 50 via the online platform Survey Monkey and 15 by completing hardcopy versions.

The outcome was 56 responses in favour of the co-location and nine responses against, confirming that 86 per cent of respondents support the new arrangement.

The library was re-located into the Northcliffe Visitors Centre on June 21, 2018.

The move increased the library's opening hours from 15 to 49 hours per week and assisted both organisations.

Survey respondents said they enjoyed the flexibility of library visits, thanks to the extended opening hours.

A number of respondents expressed their appreciation at having access to the old library space as a meeting space for local community groups.

'Rhyme' and 'story time' activities continue to take place in the old space, and numbers have increased dramatically over the past year.

The survey also sought feedback on ideas for improving the layout of the library within the visitor centre space and for building the library collection to ensure it continues to meet locals' interests and needs.

Where appropriate, this feedback will be incorporated into future planning related to the physical layout and composition of the library collection.

"The positive feedback from the survey coupled with general comments made to staff by library patrons appear to have endorsed the shire's decision to re-locate the library into the visitor centre," shire president Paul Omodei said.

"As a result, the library will remain in the visitor centre permanently".