Central Library Bristol Consultation

Central Library Bristol Opening Hours Consultation:

Do you want Bristol’s Central Library open more hours? That’s the question being posed by Bristol City Council in a short consultation.

The library service is asking people about whether they would like the library in the heart of the city to return to opening seven days a week.

The Central Library is currently closed on Wednesdays. If a decision is made to return to seven day a week opening, this would be funded by reorganising staff and management to create new part time posts, though it’s stressed this will not result in job losses or affect other Bristol libraries.

After ferocious campaigning across the city last year, the Mayor and cabinet decided back in the summer of 2018 to keep all 27 libraries open.

As a result of this, a series of community events will be taking place exploring opportunities for local people and organisations to form partnerships to ‘create a library service for the future’.

Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for libraries said: “We have listened to feedback and understand the importance of the Central Library for many people across the city. For this reason we are looking at whether Central should be open seven days a week.

“Our hope is that increased opening hours, if implemented, might attract new users to Central Library, as well as improving access for our existing customers.

“So we would like to hear from those who don’t currently use the library service, as well as existing users to make sure everyone’s opinion is taken into consideration.”

The consultation is running until Friday 15 February 2019.


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