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Public surveys available for Amherst’s branch libraries 

  • Amherst Town Hall



Staff Writer
Thursday, October 11, 2018

AMHERST — Surveys of the public that will help Jones Library trustees and staff plan for the future of the town’s two branch libraries are available online.

The surveys, which residents and others who patronize the branches are encouraged to fill out, ask a series of questions aimed at getting more details about how the Munson Memorial and North Amherst libraries are used. This includes the preferred operating hours and days of week for the branches; the important features in programming and service, such as parking; the adult, teen and youth collections, as well as additional thoughts on the library collections, technology and customer service.

Library Director Sharon Sharry said the surveys, which will remain live through the end of November, will be supplemented by a focus group session for each branch. The dates and times for those sessions will be determined once a facilitator is selected.

The survey for Munson is at https://www.joneslibrary.org/munsonsurvey , while the one for North Amherst is at https://www.joneslibrary.org/northsurvey

Printed copies of the survey are at the branches and the Jones Library, Town Hall, Bangs Community Center, Amherst Survival Center, Amherst Family Center and Atkins North.

When in the midst of developing the surveys, Trustees President Austin Sarat said they would go toward creating a long-range plan for the branches that would be balanced with planning for the main branch, where an expansion and renovation project will be funded in the coming years by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

The North Amherst Library is already in line to see some improvements after Town Meeting last fall appropriated $50,000 to design various accessibility and interior improvements.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.