Survey shows children are happy with Merton libraries

Almost 84% of Merton’s young people are satisfied with the services provided by their local libraries, a new survey can reveal – up by 17% from 2003, the last time the Children’s Public Library User Survey (PLUS) was carried out.

More than 2,000 children aged 15 and under filled in questionnaires about what they thought of Merton’s libraries. The children and young people answered a total of 17 questions, including what they thought of the homework help offered and the books available, and whether the computers were up to scratch.

Nearly 65% of knowledge-hungry children said the homework help provided was good and almost three quarters liked the computers, while nearly all the children who used the library thought it was friendly and somewhere they wanted to go.

The PLUS survey found around half of young people regularly use the library to help them do better at school or improve their reading skills while more than 40% went along to join groups and try out new activities.

Cabinet Member for Community Services Councillor Maurice Groves said: “This is great news. Libraries are a very important service for young people, whether they want to research information, borrow books or DVDs or just meet up with like-minded friends.

“We now just want to make sure we continue to improve and provide our young people with the best service possible.”