A CONSULTATION is under way in South Gloucestershire, seeking young people’s views on the county’s library service.

Children and young people will be asked to take part in a survey exploring their views of their local services.

Around 68,000 children and young people are members of South Gloucestershire libraries.

Anyone under the age of 16-years-old who visits a library during the survey period until Sunday, January 26 can contribute.

Questions are tailored to specific age groups with parents and carers being asked about provision for their children up to the age of four, while five to 16-year-olds will be able to respond independently.

The results collected from the survey will assist the library service to develop services and identify areas that require improvement.

Cllr Claire Young, chairman of the communities committee, said it was essential to encourage children and young people to read and use the range of services that libraries provide.

“To make sure we deliver the services they need, it is important that we consult with them and do what we can to act on their responses,” she said. “This survey will improve our understanding of how these services are of benefit to them and what they seek from their library today.”

The last survey in 2010 showed that 64 per cent of children felt that they did better at school as a result of using our library services and 80 per cent of children thought that using the library helped improve their reading.

For more information contact the library service on 01454 868006 or visit www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries