22nd Oct, 2017

Consultation on whether Leamington Library should close on Sundays

Leamington Editorial 12th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SHOULD Leamington library close on Sundays to save money?

That is the question being asked by Warwickshire County Council.

The council has proposed closing the library, along with those in Rugby and Nuneaton, on Sundays to save a total of nearly £55,000 a year.

The mooted change is part of a wider plan by the council to save more than £92million by 2018.

Warwickshire County Council customers spokeswoman Coun Kam Kaur said: “We have carefully considered a wide range of financial information and visitor data in drawing up these proposals, which we believe would help us to retain the network while minimising impact on opening hours.

“While Sundays are not the busiest day of the week for the three libraries, Sundays generate expensive running costs. In order to make the same level of savings on another day of the week, we would be required to close for more hours.”

The three libraries – the county’s larger ‘hub libraries’ – currently open for four hours each on Sundays.

Under the proposals, people would still be able to use the three libraries from Monday to Saturday as well as accessing services online 24/7.

Only Leamington, Nuneaton and Rugby libraries are open on Sundays so other branches would not be affected by the plans.

Visit https://askwarks.wordpress.com to take part in the consultation, which ends on Monday March 21.

All feedback will be analysed and reported back to Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet. The report will be made publicly available.

Warwickshire Library Service was changed radically in 2012 when it was required to cut spending by £2million.

Back then 13 libraries became community managed, opening hours were decreased and there were reductions in the mobile library fleet and workforce.

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