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UNISON survey of library workers will look at the effects of austerity cuts on the service

UNISON is carrying out important research into the impact that the use of volunteers is having on our public library service, and is asking all members working in a public library to complete a short survey.

We need as many UNISON members as possible who work in a public library to fill out the survey, so that our findings reflect what’s really happening in the service.

All responses will be confidential and anonymous. The survey should take between 10-15 minutes to complete. None of the questions are compulsory, but the more people who answer the full survey, the more powerful the findings.

We know our members in libraries are on the front line of council cuts. We know you face a barrage of closures, cuts, automation and more. The numbers of volunteers used in libraries is skyrocketing. We need to stand strong against these cuts and we need your help to do that.

Our findings will be used to help us to defend and improve our libraries and stand up for everyone working in them.

As well as the survey, the research also includes freedom of information requests to councils and interviews with volunteers – all of which will provide important information that is not available anywhere else.

The survey closes on Monday 20 May – don’t miss out on your chance to have your say. If you have any queries about the survey, please contact

Take our survey now