A PUBLIC consultation to decide the future of Broadway Library has begun.

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 include the relocation of the library and replacing it with a mobile service and the community setting up a group to manage the service.

If the plans for a community- led library, which have been approved by Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet, go ahead, the building would be leased to Broadway Parish Council, which would have the option to buy it when funds become available.

If this approach is supported by villagers, a number of volunteers would be needed.

The changes are needed as part of the council’s requirement to achieve £1.8 million 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 at a consultation event 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 worcester shire.gov.uk/broadway libraryconsultation.