A librarian helping customers at the Leeston library

Libraries extend hours

by Ann van Engelen

The new hours for libraries across the Selwyn District have begun as a response to customer feedback after a trial announced last August proved very popular.

“The review of library services also included changes to outreach services, including the mobile library. Data showed that usage of the mobile library by children at schools and pre-schools was inconsistent, and general public use of the service was also limited,” says Community Relations manager, Denise Kidd.

The council is exploring different options to improve the delivery of outreach services and will be progressively implementing changes during the coming months. The ageing mobile library will eventually be decommissioned and replaced with a smaller vehicle that provides for a broader range of uses associated with outreach.

“The new outreach service is expected to provide a more flexible and responsive service for users. It will include programmes delivered directly to more remote schools and pre-schools, increased availability of digital resources and enhanced 24/7 digital library, along with expanded lifelong learning programmes delivered at locations outside libraries.

“We are continuing to build a great team of staff across our libraries network, and I am confident the changes will position us to meet our changing communities’ expectations now and in the future.”

Weekday hours at all four Selwyn District libraries will be from 9am to 6pm, with Lincoln and Rolleston libraries remaining open until 8pm on Thursday evenings. Saturday opening will continue from 10am to 4pm, and
Lincoln and Rolleston libraries will also be open on Sundays from 10am to 4pm.