Gloucestershire County Council will be changing the opening hours of some of its libraries from 3rd October.
The new three tier structure – Main, Express and Library Links – will come into operation from this date. This means that opening hours at most county libraries will alter whether it’s a difference in the times or days or a change to the number of hours a library is open.
However, the 10 libraries that are planned for community transfer and the mobile library service will continue with their existing opening hours until a decision is made following the judicial hearing in late September. At a hearing in Birmingham Civil Justice Court in July, Mr Justice Beatson confirmed that the council could go ahead with planned changes to opening hours for all other libraries.
The council has agreed to give six weeks notice of any changes to opening hours so notices will appear in each affected library from today (Monday 22nd August) explaining what’s happening. Cllr Antonia Noble, cabinet member for people with long term support, which includes libraries, said: “We held a consultation in April to ask people what opening hours they would like to see in their local library so the times could be tailored to suit each community.
“We’ve listened to this feedback and put together a new timetable, which will be publicised from today. “I would like to reassure everyone that these changes are in accordance with the injunction laid down by the courts in July.”
If after the full judicial hearing, the judge decides in favour of Gloucestershire County Council, the transfer of the 10 remaining libraries will begin to take place from the autumn.
For full details of the new opening hours visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries.