Cuts in library hours go ahead

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THREE libraries will have their hours reduced in a bid to cut costs.

Calderdale Council has agreed to reduce the opening hours of Brighouse Library to a standard 37 hours a week, Rastrick Library to 30 hours a week and Hipperholme library to 25 hours per week.

These will take effect from Monday, April 2.

The council needs to make £150,0000 of savings in the library service’s budget for 2012/13, but says all of its 22 libraries will remain open.

Following the results of the Libraries Review 2011 consultation, the savings will be achieved through the reduction of opening hours of 13 libraries, saving £45,000, reorganisation of the mobile library service to focus on people who are unable to travel to a library, and those in residential care, to achieve savings of £105,000.

The new opening hours are on the Council’s website, www.calderdale.gov.uk

Also, the last day for the mobile library service as it currently operates will be Friday, March 30. It will be replaced with the Home Library Service for people who are unable to travel to a library due to mobility or health issues, and people in residential care.

Calderdale Home Library Service is free and people are eligible for the service if ill health, disability, age and frailty prevent them from visiting the library, and there is no-one who can visit on their behalf.

Carers may also be eligible for the service if their role as carer means they are unable to visit their local library.

The Council will continue to deliver books to residential homes and people who will receive the home deliveries have been informed.

The council’s spokeswoman for communities, Coun Pauline Nash, said she they were doing all they could to keep them open.