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Preston library hours changes: Final chance to have your say

Posted on - 26th July, 2014 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - News

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The final chance to have a say on a big shake-up to library opening times across Preston is today.

Lancashire County Council is consulting on cutting back evening opening hours of a swathe of city libraries.

Many will lose evening hours and in return be open more during the day, with many proposing to open during lunchtime and until 6pm.

Full breakdown of the proposed changes for Preston libraries

Fulwood library would close an hour earlier at 6pm on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. But it would open until 5pm on Thursday instead of closing at 1pm as it does now.

The Harris Library in the city centre would shut at 6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays instead of 7pm.

It’s opening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays would be extended to 6pm instead of shutting at 5pm on these days.

Ingol library would lose its later opening time on a Friday night, closing at 5pm instead of 7pm. But it would open at 9am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday instead of opening at 10am.

Penwortham library loses its 7pm opening on Monday and Thursdays, opening until 5pm instead.

It would gain opening from 9.30am to 2pm on a Monday, when it currently doesn’t open until the afternoon. It will also opening half an hour earlier, at 9.30am, on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It would not longer close for lunch on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday either.

Ribbleton library loses its Monday night evening opening, closing at 5pm but would open an hour earlier on Mondays, Wednesdays, Friday and Saturday.

At Savick library it would see the same proposed changes as Ribbleton.

Sharoe Green library loses its Monday evening opening, closing at 6pm instead of 7pm. Fridays the library would close at 5pm instead of 7pm.

On a Monday, the library would open at 1pm instead of 2pm and at 9am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday instead of 10am. It would also not shut for lunch on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Julie Bell, county libraries manager, said: “We want to help people across the county to get the most out of all the services on offer at their local library, and this means making sure that libraries are open at the times when our customers are most likely to use them.”

The questionnaire is online until Saturday 26 July to fill out.

An A-Z of each libraries changes can be downloaded from the county council website.

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