From Robert Swift, Senior Project Manager, Bristol City Council, 8 May 2019.

Thanks again to everyone who has contributed ideas for Bristol’s library discussions either by attending an event or completing an online form.  We have received lots of good ideas which include changes to buildings, interior design/layout, creation of Friends Groups, volunteering and cultural events. 

These are some of the ways we are moving forward:

We already have a number of established Friends Groups supporting our libraries.  Following the ideas events there are now 6 new Friends Groups and the ambition is to have a Friends Group at each library.  We are holding an event on the 21st May for all Friends Groups, to get together to share ideas and experiences of running a Friends Group.   If anyone is interested in joining or starting a Friends Group please get in touch by emailing

There is information on the council website at

One way that Friends Groups can be more involved in what’s happening in their library is to be involved in discussing the many ideas that have been received and helping to make decisions on which ones should be moved forward.  We’ll be setting up meetings for these discussions to take place with all Friends Groups who are interested.

A number of building changes are being investigated.  This includes looking into the opportunity to co locate Filwood Library and looking at opportunities for enhancing Southmead Library including options for locating it in a new building along with other services, after a period in a temporary location. We are also working with Avonmouth Community Centre to move the library location within the Centre.

We are also working with young people through an organisation called Rising Arts so that we can look at what changes would benefit young people and encourage them to use their libraries more often. 

Please feel free to raise any questions at