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Library Strategy Consultation - Part Two

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Opening Hours

One of the proposals of the library strategy is to reduce the opening hours of Barry, Cowbridge, Llantwit Major and Penarth libraries.

 

 

 

What are the current opening hours?

 

There are nine public libraries in the Vale of Glamorgan, providing a range of services to promote reading, provide information and support learning.

 

The current opening times for the four town libraries are shown below.

 

Library opening hours


Barry

Cowbridge

Llantwit Major

Penarth

 

Monday

8.30am-8.00pm

9.30am-6.00pm

9.30am-6.00pm

9.30am-6.00pm

Tuesday

8.30am-6.00pm

9.30am-6.00pm

9.30am-7.00pm

9.30am-6.00pm

Wednesday

8.30am-6.00pm

9.30am-8.00pm

9.30am-6.00pm

9.30am-6.00pm

Thursday

8.30am-8.00pm

9.30am-6.00pm

9.30am-7.00pm

9.30am-8.00pm

Friday

8.30am-6.00pm

9.30am-6.00pm

9.30am-6.00pm

9.30am-6.00pm

Saturday

9.00am-5.30pm

9.00am-5.00pm

9.00am-5.00pm

9.00am-5.00pm

 

 

Why change opening times?

An analysis of the number of people visiting libraries in the Vale has shown that certain times of day are considerably less popular than others. Generally libraries are least busy at the start and end of each day.

 

Evening opening hours were designed to give access to people who work during the day access to libraries during the week. However, patterns of use show that few people make use of libraries in the evening. Indeed there are occasions when no library customers have visited a library during its last hour of opening. The first half an hour of opening suffers from the same effect.

 

Reducing opening hours will reduce the cost of running Barry, Cowbridge, Llantwit Major and Penarth libraries. This reduction in opening hours would save the library service in the region of £185,000.

 

The development of our digital offer of books and other services will be continued and will be promoted further to reach new audiences. E-books and digital content will be increased in order to compensate for the reduced opening hours

 

 

What is being considered?

The reduced funding available for the service has forced us to consider reducing opening times across Barry, Cowbridge, Llantwit Major and Penarth libraries by at least 40.5 hours per week.

 

This could be achieved in a number of ways, including later opening times, earlier finishes, or closure on certain days of the week

 

 

How can I have a say?

There are a number of ways in which we could achieve the required reduction in library opening hours. We are asking library users and Vale residents which they would prefer.

 

You can have your say on the proposed changes to library opening hours by completing our online questionnaire or by attending one of the community drop-in sessions that are taking place during the consultation period.

 

  

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the library strategy consultation then please feel free to contact us.