Six Preston libraries in boost

Changes: County Coun Mike Calvert
Changes: County Coun Mike Calvert
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Six libraries in Preston will stay open for longer under a second wave of changes to opening times across the county.

Libraries in Fulwood, Savick, Sharoe Green, Ingol, Ribbleton, and Preston’s 
Harris, are set to stay open for a total of 12 hours longer.

The changes are part of a second wave of plans by 
Lancashire County Council to encourage more people to use libraries.

Three in South Ribble, three in Chorley, and three in 
Lancaster, will also stay open for longer.

The decision is expected to be taken by County Coun Mike Calvert, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for adult and community services, on Monday.

Preston’s Harris Library is set to close half at hour earlier, at 7pm, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but will open at half at hour earlier, at 9am, Monday to Saturday. 60 per cent of people who were asked agreed to the changes.

Ingol Library will close two hours earlier, at 5pm, on Monday, and Ribbleton Library will close two hours earlier, at 5pm, on Friday, but both will be open from 9.30am to 12.30 and 1.30pm to 2pm on Monday.

A consultation was held with library users which ended in January.

Across the county 18 of the council’s 74 branches will stay open for longer.

17 will see changes in opening times to make them more convenient. There will be an overall increase in opening hours of more than 70 hours.

74 of Lancashire’s libraries increased their opening hours in the first phase in October last year, gaining more than 110 hours each week.

In South Ribble, Leyland, Bamber Bridge and Longton Library will be open for longer.

In Chorley, Adlington, 
Eccleston and Euxton will be affected.

Libraries in Carnforth, Halton, and Heysham will also see changes.

Coun Calvert said: “On Monday, March 4, I will be considering a proposal to increase opening hours at even more of our libraries, and with no extra staffing costs.

“Last October, as the result of feedback from library users, we increased opening hours at 48 of our 74 libraries.

“The latest proposals, again based on a public consultation, would see a further 18 branches extending their opening hours.

“Meanwhile, 17 branches would change their opening hours to times customers said would suit them better.

“This would mean an overall increase in library opening times of more than 70 hours per week, with at least one branch in each of our 12 districts being open for longer.”