Due to the cuts, it seems likely that the Bibliotheek punten will close, leaving a gap in service to the periphery of Eindhoven. These services that I suggest look past the regular book delivery service already trialled by the library.
Library patrons with the same interests (or same age children) could become book buddies – sharing books that they have borrowed, and swapping the borrowing responsibility or extending the due date online. This could be facilitated through targeting groups such as young families or the elderly, or by sending emails to specific local groups.
I suggest moving the symbolic library centre of the suburb to a nearby shopfront. These businesses may welcome the idea of moving a bookshelf to their interior, introducing more customers to their space.
The recent cuts to the bus subsidy also mean elderly patrons cannot travel to the city for free. The library could explore partnering with the bus company to give discounted rides to holders of library books.
In general the library could also use the data from its extensive member database to work out new tools to assist the community in specialist areas.
These tools demonstrate the libraries need to become more flexible.
This video was part of a short assignment in the Eindhoven public library to help them deal with changes brought about by cuts to their budget.
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