Whilst councils across the land are cutting back, Swindon Council will open two of its libraries for longer and at more convenient times from 4 July.
The new strategy agreed by the cabinet will see the authority use a three tier library structure made up of the Central Library, area libraries and community libraries, with a pledge to keep all of the town’s libraries open when a number of councils across the country are announcing wide-scale library closures.
The council has also announced it will extend the opening hours of the libraries at North Swindon and West Swindon by centralising the enquiry service and changing staff timetables.
The strategy supports local communities establishing library access points in the future if there is a community need and sets out an intention to work with the community to extend the opening hours of the town’s smaller libraries.
Swindon has the fourth highest number of libraries per population for all English unitary authorities with 15 libraries and a mobile library and a consultation of both library users and non-users found that those surveyed wanted longer opening hours in libraries.
Councillor Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Corporate Services, said: “We are extremely proud of our library service and this strategy outlines our commitment to making it even better.
“We are determined to keep our libraries open when other councils are closing them and our investment in our libraries and the fact we are extending opening hours shows how much we value our library service.”
Longer opening times from 4 July:
North Swindon Library:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10am – 6pm
Wednesday, Friday 10am – 7pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 12noon – 4pm
West Swindon Library:
Monday and Wednesday 9.30am – 5pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am – 7pm
Saturday 9.30am – 4pm