Five days a week for Redland Library

November 27 2015

A REDUCTION in the number of opening hours at Redland Library is a “significant loss”, a local campaigner has said.

A REDUCTION in the number of opening hours at Redland Library is a “significant loss”, a local campaigner has said.

From April 4, 2016, the library will be operating five days a week, rather than the current six days, as part of the council’s plan to re-shape Bristol’s libraryservices.

It will be open from 11am-5pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 11am-7pm on Wednesday – a reduction of over 10 hours in total.

The library was originally earmarked for closure as part of a proposal to cut over £1million from the council’s budget, but the decision was overturned by the local authority following a strong desire to retain local libraries.  

The council has now reduced their savings target to £465k.  

Eileen Lepine, who is part of the campaign group Friends of Redland Library, said: “I am sorry the hours will be reduced and that the librarywill now be open on 5 days rather than 6 - that's a significant loss. 

 

“But I am pleased that we will have Saturday opening (especially important as the library is in such a busy shopping area). 

 

“I hope the fact that the library will open at the same time, on every day that it is open, will help people get used to the new times.”  

The consultation, which ended last month, required residents to choose between two different ways of distributing the staffed hours throughout the week, and confirm whether they would prefer the library to be open on a Saturday or a Sunday.

The new hours are based on current opening hours, usage, city wide provision and feedback from phase one and two of the consultation, the council says.

Bishopston councillor Daniella Radice, who is also Assistant Mayor for Neighbourhoods with responsibility for libraries, said: “We were really pleased to receive such a high number of responses to the consultation, and we would like to thank the people of Bristol for helping us to shape the future of the service.

“We received feedback that people were looking for consistency and a simpler pattern of opening hours, and we have tried to reflect that in our decisions.

“We are working with communities and organisations to help citizens access library services and community space outside of staffed hours.

“There is great potential to extend access to the buildings and the service through a number of different ways, and we are keen to work with volunteers, organisations and communities who wish to try this.”

More than 5,300 people from across the city completed the survey.

A full list of new opening hours is available at: www.bristol.gov.uk/libraries-archives/future-of-bristols-libraries-consultation. To find out how to get involved and volunteer at your local library, visit: www.bristol.gov.uk/libraries-archives.