As a valued customer of Wirral’s libraries, it is important that we let you know that on December 15 at a meeting of Full Council, it was decided to implement a greatly reduced version of the savings proposal regarding community libraries.
Elected Members took this decision following the extensive consultation which took place over the past few months and after considering all of the feedback received.
The original savings proposal put forward was to reduce opening hours across the 15 community library sites to 10 hours per week. After considering the consultation feedback Members felt this proposal was too extreme and have therefore decided that hours should only reduce to 18 hours per week across community libraries, with central libraries and those with one stop shop facilities remaining unchanged.
The new opening hours will take effect as from Monday, 12 January 2015. You can find out the new opening hours for your library from our website: www.wirral.gov.uk/libraries
We absolutely understand and appreciate the vital role libraries play in every community. However, we are under huge pressure to make savings across all Council services due to the unprecedented funding reductions we face.
Elected Members were once again faced with the hugely difficult task of deciding which savings options to implement and the representations, petitions and other feedback provided to them by ‘Friends of Library’ groups across Wirral convinced them to significantly scale back the original proposal.
We remain extremely keen to hear suggestions from Friends Groups and others for how the service can be run differently in the future, either through increased use of volunteers or through transferring services into community management or ownership.
Thank you for your ongoing support for this vital community service.