Changes to Library opening hours

The opening hours at Council-run libraries across the district are changing from next month.

In August and September Bradford Libraries asked for users to fill in a survey on changing the opening hours at libraries across the district. The survey asked about the libraries that you use and the proposed changes to opening hours and which evening opening times would be best. 

There were a total of 1187 responses to the survey, including users from all 10 Council libraries. Overall, a total of 905 (76%) respondents agreed with the proposals. From the feedback received some of the proposals were amended.

From Monday, 4 December there will be changes to the evening openings of the libraries.  The libraries will be open until 7pm on the evenings below.

Monday – Eccleshill Library, Ilkley Library and Keighley Library

Tuesday – Bingley Library, City Library and Shipley Library

Wednesday – Eccleshill Library, City Library, Keighley Library, Manningham Library and Shipley Library

Thursday – Bingley Library, City Library, Ilkley Library, Laisterdyke Library, Manningham Library, Wibsey Library and Wyke Library.

This is not a cost saving exercise – no staff will lose their jobs and no libraries will close.

It is hoped that once changes are made it will provide more opportunities for local community groups to use the library spaces when they are not open to the public, retain evening opening times on selected days as well as usual weekend opening, for people who cannot get to the library during the regular working day and reduce unplanned closures.

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