Libraries extend opening hours

by Anonymous Author

Selwyn libraries will be open for longer with the changes to opening hours being phased in later this year.

Permanently extended hours will be in place across the Selwyn network of libraries by February 2019, with changes being incrementally introduced from November 2018.

The changes are in response to a six-month trial of increased library hours aimed at making it easier for people to use library services when it suits them.

Selwyn District Council’s community relations manager, Denise Kidd, said the trial saw an increase in library usage on Saturdays and weekday evenings.

“Feedback from a recent customer survey also showed that users and residents wanted to see more consistent hours across the four Selwyn libraries as well as a wider range of services and programmes.”

Ms Kidd said council has actively listened to customers’ feedback by making changes, which are aimed at ensuring library services and programmes meet their needs.

“Libraries are a hugely important part of local towns and communities across our district,” she said.

“These changes are all about increasing the service levels and raising our performance — so that we meet our residents’ and users’ expectations.”

The key changes will see weekday opening hours standardised across the district’s libraries (9am to 6pm) and from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.

Lincoln and Rolleston libraries will each remain open until 8pm on one evening a week and will also be open on Sundays from 10am to 4pm.