Leeds City Council to discuss library opening hours

Morley Library could see its opening hours cut.
Morley Library could see its opening hours cut.

The opening hours of the area’s libraries look set to be reduced as part of council budget cuts.

Proposals regarding the future opening hours of Morley, Gildersome and Ardsley and Tingley libraries are set to be discussed by senior councillors today.

Leeds City Council’s executive board members will try to find ways of keeping vital library and information services as cuts to budgets are due to be made.

Results of a recent public consultation will be discussed along with recommendations about new opening hours, which if agreed, will start on December 1. The council has said the network of 36 libraries was set to stay as it was and t no library closures are beingproposed. As part of the public consultation, it analysed how busy each library was hour by hour, and then listened to the views of groups and organisations which used it. Also involved in the consultation were councillors, MPs, staff, schools and parish councils

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said: “Our libraries offer a wide range of help, support and advice in our communities and it has been fantastic to see them move with the times and be as popular for digital access as they are for borrowing books. We have listened to every comment submitted in the consultation, and subsequently tailored our final recommendations of the opening hours at each library to these responses in our proposals, which I hope will be approved. “

If the proposals are agreed Morley Library would close on Sundays and have reduced evening opening - a reduction of six hours from 55 hours to 49.

Ardsley and Tingley Library would be closed during lunchtimes - a reduction of two hours from 21 hours to 19.

Gildersome Library would be closed Wednesday mornings, Friday mornings and see reduced evening hours - a reduction of 10 hours from 21 to 11.

Drighlington Library will not be affected, as it no longer comes under council control.

The Executive Committee will make a final decision on the opening hours at its meeting today. If agreed, the new hours will come into force from December 1.