Havering Council Libraries Consultation

Closes 2 Aug 2024

Opened 10 May 2024


Havering Council has a legal duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all those who “live, work or study and want to access the service” in the city (Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964). We are currently inviting people who live, work, or study in the borough to help shape the future of the library service.​

Great things happen in our libraries, but we face significant challenges in the future. We know that, especially post-Covid, the way residents use libraries continues to change and we need to respond to those changes. Many of our buildings need large-scale investment to remain the safe, warm and welcoming spaces we need them to be. And, above all, the budget challenges the Council faces means the library service’s budget needs to reduce.

Because of those budget challenges, we need to propose reducing the number of libraries in the borough by four – from ten libraries to six. We propose that four of the current five branch libraries – open for 24 hours per week – should close in order to achieve the savings target the service has been set.

We remain committed to providing a good quality library service for residents, and this strategy makes some new commitments, including asking whether a new Children’s Library in the borough would be welcomed.

We are planning face to face events across the borough and will be sending the details out soon.

Please see our Havering Library Strategy 2024-29 in the documents section below, alternatively, click on the link to a digital version.  You can also pick up a copy in your local library.

Why your views matter

To ensure we carry out a robust consultation, we are asking you for your views on many aspects of our libraries service; if you'd rather not complete all of the consultation questions, you don't have to as you can skip most questions. 

Please consider the questions carefully and share your evidence of impact with us as your responses to the consultation will help shape the future of our libraries.

The consultation closes on Friday 2 August 2024.

Give us your views


  • Anyone from any background


  • Local Plans
  • Development
  • Residents
  • Communities
  • Businesses
  • Budget
  • Council