Published 24 May 2012
Most libraries in Ealing will be operating different opening hours from Monday, 2 July 2012.
The council decided last year to keep of all its community libraries open. All libraries will continue to have the same opening days, but most will have some variations to their opening hours from July.
The new opening times were decided after a review of each library to show the times when they are least busy. Reducing some opening hours at these times will help to save on operating costs.
The council is committed to the future of its community libraries and last month agreed to invest £2.2million to refurbish Hanwell and Perivale libraries and relocate Southall Library to reduce running costs.
Where libraries are closing earlier, the council will put arrangements in place to ensure book clubs can continue to meet at the same time every four weeks.
The council has also decided to operate extended hours from April to June next year during the run up to school and university exams in the libraries most often used by students.
Cabinet member for Community Services and Safety, Councillor Ranjit Dheer, said: We are committed to our libraries and are investing in Hanwell and Perivale to give them a new lease of life. However, because of the severe budget cuts we continue to face we must reduce our running costs across all of our libraries. We are looking at a range of measures such as reducing management costs and are considering moving Southall Library to the Dominion Centre to lessen overheads, but some service changes are still necessary. Reducing opening hours at times when there is less demand is a sensible way of helping to save money without closing community libraries.
The council still has to identify a further £5million of savings in order to meet the £85million budget reduction it is faced with. Reducing opening hours will help contribute to the £428,000 savings target for the libraries service this year.
The council is also exploring opportunities for volunteers in the library service and details will be available this summer. However volunteers would not be used to keep libraries open for additional hours.
Active library users and those who have registered on the councils website for updates about libraries will be contacted by email.
Details of the changes are available online and flyers with the new times will be available from all libraries.
Library users can check stock, reserve or renew books online 24 hours a day and ebooks and audiobooks can be downloaded for free from the elibrary.