Library opening hours will be slashed

OPENING hours at town and village libraries are to be cut from 45 - 37 hours a week in a bid to save money.

At the same time, up to £300,000 will be spent on new computers to catalogue books, monitor acquisitions and manage financial records.

Community services spokeswoman Coun Pauline Nash (Lib-Dem, Skircoat) told Calderdale Council Cabinet that reducing opening hours was the only way to avoid library closures.

“There are times when every library is very very quiet and by changing the opening hours, we are trying to spread the load,” she said.

In a survey in 2010, users said they wanted longer opening hours.

But the cabinet has agreed to reduce them at Brighouse, Elland, Hebden Bridge, King Cross, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden from 45 to 37 hours a week, and at Skircoat, Shelf, Rastrick, Northowram, Mixenden, Hipperholme and Beechwood Road, saving £150,000 a year.

The mobile library service will be reduced to a single vehicle for the housebound and those in care homes.