Libraries facing cuts to opening hours

Yatton Library

Yatton Library - Credit: Archant

Some village libraries will see their opening hours cut next month.

As part of North Somerset Council’s community access review, which is looking into library and children’s centre services in the district, libraries in Worle, Winscombe and Yatton will see their opening hours reduced on July 2.

But the council has also revealed plans to introduce an Open+ scheme at six of its venues – including the three facing reductions – later this year.

The project will see members able to access libraries outside of staffed hours using a self-service swipe card which will be handed out following an induction.

Felictiy Baker, the council’s executive member for libraries, said: “This will give people greater choice in how and when they use the library service.

“They may prefer to visit during hours when staff are available or during the unstaffed self-serve Open+ hours for greater flexibility.”