Bristol’s Central Library will return to opening seven days a week later this month.: Central Library

13 May 2019

Bristol’s Central Library will return to opening seven days a week later this month.

From Monday May 20, the library will be open 52.5 hours a week, including late night opening on Tuesday and Thursday.

At the start of the year a short consultation was held which asked people to consider whether they would like to see an increase in opening hours.

People were given three options to consider, including keeping the current hours, and over 92% of those who responded wanted to see the library return to seven day opening.

Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for libraries, said: “We understand the importance of the Central Library for many people all across the city, so as part of our drive to improve the library service, we wanted to make sure it is open when people need it most.

“People voted overwhelmingly to return to seven day a week opening, so we have listened and made that happen.”

The change in opening hours will be funded by a reorganisation of staff and management in all the library teams. This will create a number of new part time posts, but not result in any job losses. No other libraries will be affected.

In July last year the Mayor and his Cabinet decided to keep all 27 libraries across the city open pledging to work with community groups to explore sustainable options for the future of libraries.

A series of community events were held between January and March looking at opportunities for community led activities and partnerships to create a library service for the future. To see the ideas that have been put forward, visit www.bristol.gov.uk/libraryideas