A PUBLIC consultation to decide the future of Broadway Library is beginning on Monday.

Residents are being invited to give their views on what the best option for the future of the village library is before Friday, July 1.

Options, including the relocation of the library and replacing it with a mobile service, have been considered but the prefered suggestion is to work with the community on setting up a group to manage the Leamington Road library.

If the plans, which have been approved by County Council cabinet, go ahead the current building would be leased to Broadway Parish Council and bought by it when funds become available.

The parish council would become responsible for covering the costs of utility bills and cleaning, while a community group would be setup to run the library.

If this approach is supported by villagers a number of volunteers would be needed to ensure the success of a community option.

The changes are needed as part of the council’s requirement to deliver £1.8m savings before 2014.

Kathy Kirk, Worcestershire County Council's Strategic Libraries and Learning Manager, said: “We need to make sure that we really have considered all the possible options and so it's essential for us to get views and suggestions from everyone.”

There will be opportunities for residents to meet with officers to discuss plans and ideas and a consultation event will take place at Broadway Library in June, details of which will be published nearer the time.

To take part in the consultation, residents are invited to complete a questionnaire, which is available from the Library in paper form, or online at worcestershire.gov.uk/broadwaylibraryconsultation.