Bromley Council has launched a public consultation into the future of the borough’s libraries.

Residents have been asked to air their views on proposals to hand over the management of libraries to external providers.

Local volunteer or social enterprise groups would manage community libraries in Burnt Ash, Hayes, Mottingham, Shortlands, Southborough and St Paul’s Cray under the plans.

The borough’s remaining libraries would be subject to a full market testing exercise, which would see the council examine options to outsource management to an external provider.

The council also plans to look at relocating or refurbishing existing libraries and upgrading IT services.

Portfolio holder for renewal and recreation, Councillor Peter Morgan said: “I would like to reassure library users that we are committed to doing all we can to keep libraries open in a time of financial austerity.

"The proposals for Community Management of some libraries and market testing of the core service will allow us to maintain a modern and efficient service."  

Residents can take part in the consultation at or by visiting their local library before February 2.

What do you think of the plans? Call the news desk on 01689 885726 or email