Proposed changes to opening hours for libraries in Rushmoor District
We have a key library in each district council area across Hampshire. This library will be a central hub, supporting the smaller libraries in the district. Our goal is for the 11 key libraries to be open for at least 50 hours per week, 6 days a week.
The other libraries in each district have been designated as large, medium, small or neighbourhood. Each designation has a minimum number of opening hours and all will be closed at least one day a week.
Farnborough is designated as a key library.
There are no proposed changes.
|Number of responses|
Comments received expressed pleasure that there was no decrease in opening hours planned for Farnborough Library. There were also comments for and against the use of volunteers, requests for more late nights to 7 and a comment on the level of noise in the library.
|Total hours||52 hours|
Farnborough Library is designated as a key library and no changes to opening hours are proposed.
Aldershot is designated as a medium library.
|Number of responses||Agree with proposal||Disagree|
|88||56 (64%)||32 (36%)|
Whilst the majority agreed to the proposed changes, all the disagreement centred around keeping open on Sunday. However there was no consensus on how to do this; suggestions included closing early on Saturday, closing another half day during the week, opening at 10 on week days and using volunteers. Rushmoor District Council expressed their concern over closing on Sundays.
|Day||Current hours||From 1 April 2012|
|Monday||9:30am - 7pm||9:30am - 7pm|
|Tuesday||9:30am – 5pm||9.30am-5pm|
|Wednesday||9.30am – 5pm||9.30am – 5pm|
|Thursday||9:30am – 7pm||9:30am – 7pm|
|Friday||9:30am – 5pm||9:30am – 5pm|
|Saturday||9.30am – 4pm||9.30am – 4pm|
|Total No. of hours||52 hours||48 hours|
As 64% of the responses agreed with the change and there was no clear alternative to achieving the savings the original proposed alteration will go forward for approval.