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Planned closures for public holidays and emergency situations

Policy Statement

Public Holidays

Surrey County libraries are closed on all Public Holidays.

The policy at Christmas is as follows, libraries close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and are closed on the day following Boxing Day. Libraries also close at 5pm (at the latest) on New Year's Eve. Depending upon when Christmas Day falls, libraries may open on a day when normally closed to ensure some service provision during the Christmas week.

When Christmas and New Year fall over the weekend, one of the following will apply:

  • Christmas Day on a Thursday - closed
  • Boxing Day (Friday) - closed
  • 27 December (Saturday) - closed
  • 28 December (Sunday) - closed
  • 29 December (Monday) - normal opening
  • New Years Day (Thursday) - closed

  • Christmas Day on a Friday - closed
  • Boxing Day (Saturday) - closed
  • 27 December (Sunday) - closed
  • 28 December (Bank Holiday Monday) - closed
  • 29 December (Tuesday) - normal opening
  • New Years Day (Friday) closed

  • Christmas Day on a Saturday - closed
  • Boxing Day (Sunday) - closed
  • 27 December (Bank Holiday Monday) - closed
  • 28 December (Bank Holiday Tuesday) - closed
  • 29 December (Wednesday) - normal opening
  • New Years Day (Saturday) - closed
  • 2 January (Sunday) - closed
  • 3 January (Bank Holiday Monday) - closed

  • Christmas Day on a Sunday - closed
  • Boxing Day (Monday) - closed
  • 27 December (Bank Holiday Tuesday) - closed
  • 28 December (Wednesday) - normal opening
  • New Years Day (Sunday) - closed
  • 2 January (Bank Holiday Monday) - closed

 At Easter, Surrey county libraries are closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, but open as normal on Easter Saturday.

Planned closures

Any closures for maintenance work, redecoration or other eventualities should be agreed with the local library sector lead and notices must be displayed in the library a minimum of 6 weeks before the planned closure.

Emergency closures

A Library Manager, or the senior member of staff on duty, has discretion to close service points within the library, or the library itself, when staffing levels are deemed to be too low, or when conditions make it difficult, to open the library, with due regard to health and safety considerations. Any decision should be discussed with the local Library Sector Lead, or failing that, the Library Sectors Manager or the Library Operations Manager, if possible before closing the service point. The safety of the staff and public should be paramount when making this decision.

April 2011

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