Libraries to trial new opening hours

by Anonymous Author

From Labour Day the four Selwyn district libraries will begin a six-month trial of new opening hours.

The new trial hours,which come into force on Monday, October 23, have been developed in response to residents’ requests for improved access to library services.

Last year the libraries team conducted surveys and assessed usage and peak times for each of the four libraries, at Rolleston, Darfield, Leeston and Lincoln, to assess community need. Further consultation was then carried out earlier this year as part of the draft annual plan.

Selwyn District Libraries Manager, Vicki Carlyon said public feedback supported the idea of extended hours. “Each of the four libraries have unique proposed hours. This will enable greater access to library services at times convenient to residents throughout Selwyn.”

With library hours extending into Saturday afternoon, programmes and activities will be available in the weekends as well as during the week.

Ms Carlyon said another benefit to the new hours is that council service centres in Lincoln, Leeston and Darfield will be available on Saturday mornings until midday.

She said the first Saturday of the new trial hours, on October 28 will include exciting launch events. The trial hours also include at least one extended evening per week to allow access after business hours.