Three libraries in Preston could change their opening hours

Posted on - 3rd December, 2012 - 10:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News
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Ribbleton Library

Three Preston libraries could extend their opening hours if the public demands it.

Lancashire County Council wants to know whether the Harris Library, Ingol Library and Ribbleton Library should change their hours.

In October a number of libraries across the county extended their hours of operation and now the council wants to tweak them.

Julie Bell, county library manager, said: “As a result of feedback from users, staff and local communities, 48 of our libraries now open half-an-hour earlier in the mornings, and at no extra cost.

“We’re now looking at whether library users may benefit from similar changes at more of our branches.

“For most of these branches, this would mean slightly longer opening hours. However, there may be a few libraries where extending opening hours isn’t an option.

“Where that’s the case, we propose to keep the same overall number of opening hours, but amend them to times when people tell us they are most likely to use the library.

“Again, the proposed changes would be at no extra cost. Moreover, we will not reduce library opening hours anywhere in the county as part of this process.

“Any decisions we make, including ‘no change’, will depend on the public response to the questionnaire.

“Your views really will make a difference. So, whatever your age, please do tell us what you think.”

The consultation runs from Monday 3 December to Saturday 5 January.

You can see the proposed changes to the opening hours for each library by logging onto the council website.

Comments can be left either at the library itself or by filling in an online questionnaire.

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