Opening hours to reduce at Melton Library

Former Melton borough councillor Matthew O'Callaghan launched a 'Save Our Libraries' petition last year EMN-150306-113946001
Former Melton borough councillor Matthew O'Callaghan launched a 'Save Our Libraries' petition last year EMN-150306-113946001
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Opening hours at Melton Library are reducing from July 6, with the Wilton Road facility closing on Thursdays.

Opening hours will reduce by 15 per cent, with the library being open for nine-and-a-half hours less during the week (Monday to Saturday) than at present.

It will open half an hour later at 10am but will stay open for an extra hour (until 6pm) on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The changes to library opening hours, agreed by Leicestershire County Council’s Cabinet last September, follow a consultation on the county council’s proposals to save £800,000 from libraries. More than half of the respondents agreed that closing larger libraries at less busy times would be one way to tackle the funding issue.

Richard Blunt, the council’s cabinet member for libraries, said: “Reducing opening hours is a better option than closing libraries.

“We looked very carefully at current usage as well as reflecting that library users wanted more evening and weekend availability to help schoolchildren and working people.”

l The new opening hours for Melton Library, as of July 6, will be 10am to 6pm (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) and 10am-4pm on Saturday. The library will be closed on Thursdays.

For more information on the changes visit http://www.leics.gov.uk/libraries and follow the links.

The council is reminding library users that there’s a 24/7 service for accessing e-books, e-magazines and e-audio books, as well as requesting or renewing titles.