Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Bar Hill Library: Opening and Closing Times Christmas 2010

I have received the following email (sent to all County Councillors) from the Acting Head of Libraries, Archives and Information relating to Christmas opening hours of Libraries across Cambridgeshire (including our local library in Bar Hill);

"Dear Councillor,

This is to inform you of the arrangements for Libraries and Archives over the Christmas period. Libraries with the exception of Central Library, will be closed from 1pm on Friday 24th December through to Tuesday 4th January 2011, when normal service will resume.

This was originally a staff suggestion for saving money, and the vast majority of staff have agreed to take their leave on these days in order to help make savings. We know that libraries are traditionally quiet during this period and it is estimated that the service will save in the region of £11,000 as a result.  Please note that the loan period for all items will be extended accordingly, items may be renewed online or by telephone, and that extra items may be borrowed on request.

Cambridge Central will remain open during the festive period because statistics show this is the busiest library over the Christmas period and Cambridge is very busy with shoppers at this time.  People increasingly expect the library to be open whenever the shopping centre is open - including public holidays.  Central Library will also provide support for Contact Centre referrals and enquiries to libraries.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards,

Christine May
Acting Head of Libraries, Archives and Information"

I think this shows the dedication of the staff who work in the Libraries across Cambridgeshire. The details of the library service review will be published soon although there are some disturbing items appearing in the National Press about "swinging cuts" in Cambridgeshire. I will update this blog as soon as there is news.