Calderdale library opening hours cut to save £150,000

LIBRARY opening hours in Calderdale will be cut from April 2.

Those affected are at Beechwood Road, Brighouse, Elland, Hebden Bridge, Hipperholme, King Cross, Mixenden, Northowram, Rastrick, Shelf, Skircoat, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden.

Brighouse, Elland, Hebden Bridge, King Cross, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden libraries will open for 37 hours a week; Rastrick Library for 30 hours; Beechwood Road, Hipperholme, Northowram and Skircoat libraries for 25 hours; and small changes will be made at Mixenden and Shelf libraries.

Calderdale Council says the priority is to keep the opening hours convenient for people and the adjustments are based on a thorough analysis of customer needs and usage patterns at each library.

The new opening hours are on the council’s website, www.calderdale.gov.uk.

There will also be changes to the mobile library service next week.

It will be replaced with the Home Library Service for people who are unable to travel to a static library due to mobility or health issues, and people in residential care.

The changes are based on the results of the Libraries Review in which the majority of people who responded to consultation said they would prefer these changes to completely closing any libraries.

The council’s community services spokeswoman Coun Pauline Nash, said: “We need to make significant savings and we have done our best to ensure that library users will still have the opportunity to enjoy the facilities.

The council needs to make £150,000 of savings in the library service’s budget for 2012/13, but all 22 of its static libraries will remain open.