RESIDENTS can have their say over the potential closure of two libraries and cuts to opening hours as the council launches a consultation.

In a bid to save about £400,000, cabinet approved a 12-week survey to gather views from locals on the future of local library services.

The consultation - open to all residents and library users outside the borough - will be used to make a final decision in 2022. The survey will run from October 28 until January 20.

It was said the current library model is “not affordable,” and Slough Borough Council wants to see if the service is delivering value for money, meeting local needs, and promoting good use of technology.

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Some of the options the council could take could involve closing Langley and Cippenham library or reducing opening hours and staffed hours.

There are five options on the table the council could take to reduce the service, including:

Reduce the money available to spend on buying publications (both hard copy and eResources).

Keep all the main library buildings open but reduce the opening and staffed hours at Langley and Cippenham and reduce the staffed hours at The Curve and Britwell libraries.

Slough Observer: Cippenham libraryCippenham library

Keep all library buildings but reduce the hours they are open, the hours they are staffed, and the space dedicated to the library.  Attract other users to rent space in the building (co-location).

Move all library services out of the current main library buildings and re-locate services to be delivered from a range of other locations across the borough.

Close both Langley and Cippenham library buildings but maintain the staffing and opening hours at The Curve library and at Britwell library.

Residents can fill an online survey at

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The library team will be hosting drop-in sessions at each of the council’s four main libraries where residents can ask questions and get help filling in the online survey if they need it.

The dates for the drop-in sessions are:

  • Friday 29 October, 11am-1pm – Cippenham
  • Friday 29 October, 2.30-5pm – The Curve
  • Saturday 30 October, 12noon-3pm – Langley
  • Thursday 4 November, 11am-1pm - Britwell
  • Thursday 4 November, 1.30-4.30pm – The Curve
  • Wednesday 10 November, 11am-1pm – Cippenham
  • Monday 15 November, 1.30-4.30pm – Langley
  • Tuesday 23 November, 1.30-4.30pm – Britwell
  • Saturday 27 November, 12noon-3pm – The Curve
  • Saturday 11 December, 12noon-3pm – Cippenham
  • Thursday 16 December, 11am-2pm – Langley
  • Friday 7 January, 11am-2pm – Britwell
  • Monday 10 January, 1.30-4.30pm – The Curve.

There will also be Zoom sessions on:

  • Tuesday 9 November, 6.30-7.30pm
  • Wednesday 8 December, 6.30-7.30pm.

Nothing decided


Councillor Christine Hulme, lead member for children’s services, lifelong learning, and skills, said: “We know our libraries are much loved in the community and we are committed to providing a great service. It’s no secret the council must make efficiencies, so we are looking into ways of maintaining this great service, while reducing costs.

“Nothing has been decided yet, we genuinely do want to hear which options residents prefer, or any alternatives they can suggest. I would encourage all residents, whether library members or not, to fill in the survey and have a say on the future of libraries in the borough.”