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Changes to library opening hours

Opening hours have changed at Surrey libraries

Continued cuts to funding, rising costs and increasing demands for key services means that the need for Surrey County Council to find savings has reached unprecedented levels. This year alone we need to make savings of more than £100m. We are determined to meet our responsibilities and will continue to support our residents as effectively as we can but, despite having achieved £450m of savings since 2010, changes to services are still needed to deliver the required the savings.

As part of these savings the library service reduced the number of hours libraries are open by 3.64% overall from Monday 30 October 2017.

  • 28 of our larger libraries saw a reduction of opening hours after 5pm of between 1.5 and 3.5 hours per week
  • There will be no change to our libraries in smaller communities
  • The opening hours at our Community Partnered Libraries (run by volunteers) remain unchanged
  • There will continue to be a library open Monday to Saturday across every borough in the county

To find out about opening hours at your local library please see the attachment below.

We have analysed how libraries are used, to minimise the impact to residents. Reducing hours at less busy periods will help libraries retain opening hours in busy periods and the wide range of services we deliver now, while making savings. For further information please contact:

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