2 March 2017

Responses to more than 80 questions asked about the Central Library have been published online by Sheffield City Council. The questions were asked at three public meetings held in December and January.

The council held the public meetings to allow local people to find out more about proposals from Sichuan Guodong Group to look at the feasibility of using the current Central Library building to develop the city’s first five star hotel.

The council has committed to working transparently and involving as many people in the proposals as possible. It has published the presentation that was given at the public meetings, as well as its commitments about the library service. The first event was recorded and can be found on the Our Sheffield Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/oursheff/videos (scroll down to 6 December 2016).

The authority has also emailed people who attended the meetings to let them know about the online information.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Libraries, said: “I know that people care about their Central Library and so do I. That’s why I have committed to being open about the proposals and involving as many people in them as possible. We’ve now published more information online and are continuing our conversations with people. I hope as many people as possible get involved in this discussion as we begin to think about the future of the Library Service.”

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries to read the responses to the questions and find out more about the potential Chinese investment in the Central Library.