Step in the right direction for Ledbury library

First published in Letters

The Ledbury Library Development Group were very pleased to see that our library will have increased opening hours when it moves to the Master's House in February.

While it is an increase on the current hours, it will not take us back to the number of opening hours we had last year before the cuts started.

At least it is a step in the right direction and gives us opening hours on Mondays.

Some of us remain concerned that the library will still be closed on Saturday afternoons.

We think this is a missed opportunity for holding children's events.

We are also concerned there will still be no evening opening past 6pm, which reduces access for those in work.

Not surprisingly, we are told that current figures don't support these hours – but then they wouldn't now.

With no clear idea what hours would be best for those who don't use the library regularly at the moment, the development group is considering doing a survey.

This would be a considerable amount of work and would take some time to prepare.

If readers would like to let us know what opening hours they would prefer, please e-mail us on ledburylibraryfriends@gmail.com.

We continue to work with the library services team, and we will be holding further fund-raising events over the next few months.

Our current challenge is to raise £300 for audio books and £200 towards a project to digitise historic copies of our local papers.

Nina Shields

Chairman,

Ledbury Library Development Group

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11:49am Thu 24 Jul 14

Bufton Tufton says...

At present the opening times are Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9.30am to 6pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9.30am to 2pm
Friday: 9.30am to 5pm
Saturday: 9.30am to 1pm
Therefore the only times available for anyone with a conventional five day a week 9 to 5 job (which is still the overwhelming majority of the population) are three and a half hours on Saturday mornings ( when most people are busy with other activities like weekly shopping or having a lye-in with their loved one to recuperate from the busy working week, or possibly an hour or so on Tuesday late afternoon if they work very close to the library, as most potential users do not. Otherwise the hours are mostly only suitable for school children or pensioners.
At present the opening times are Monday: Closed Tuesday: 9.30am to 6pm Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 9.30am to 2pm Friday: 9.30am to 5pm Saturday: 9.30am to 1pm Therefore the only times available for anyone with a conventional five day a week 9 to 5 job (which is still the overwhelming majority of the population) are three and a half hours on Saturday mornings ( when most people are busy with other activities like weekly shopping or having a lye-in with their loved one to recuperate from the busy working week, or possibly an hour or so on Tuesday late afternoon if they work very close to the library, as most potential users do not. Otherwise the hours are mostly only suitable for school children or pensioners. Bufton Tufton
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9:38am Fri 25 Jul 14

courtesycall says...

Surely opening hours should be linked to demand. Ledbury library is not starting from scratch so there surely an established trend, Has there been a survey done to count the number of people that use the library over a period of a week, month and year, and during which hours?
Surely opening hours should be linked to demand. Ledbury library is not starting from scratch so there surely an established trend, Has there been a survey done to count the number of people that use the library over a period of a week, month and year, and during which hours? courtesycall
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