Libraries – Proposal to withdraw Sunday Opening at Leamington, Nuneaton and Rugby Libraries

**THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED**

Warwickshire Libraries, like many other public services, has had to play its part in spending reductions and in 2012 made £2 million of savings.

Warwickshire County Council has been set a savings target of £92 million from 2014-2018 and, as part of the council’s financial plan, the library service will need to save £100,000 over the next year.

In order to meet this budget reduction, we are proposing to withdraw Sunday opening hours at Leamington, Rugby and Nuneaton Libraries from August 2016.

Leamington, Rugby and Nuneaton Libraries are currently open for four hours on a Sunday. Each library would continue to be open for 50 hours a week from Monday to Saturday.

Other branches across the county are not open on Sundays and would not be affected by this proposal.

Library Services can still be accessed online and by telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. By visiting www.warwickshire.gov.uk/libraries people can renew books and dvds, download Ebooks and Emagazines, request items and use our online information services. People can also renew items by phone 24/7 by calling 01926 499273.

It is important to us to know how removing the Sunday opening at Rugby, Nuneaton and Leamington Libraries would affect you.  To access our on-line survey please click HERE to provide feedback. 

This consultation will be available from  8th February 2016.

This consultation will close at midnight on 21st March 2016.

The results  of the consultation will be included in a report to Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet on 12 May 2016.

If you have any additional comments relating to the proposed withdrawal of the Sunday service please email us at libraryconsultation2016@warwickshire.gov.uk.

FAQs

Will I still be able to renew my items on a Sunday?

  • Yes, our virtual Library Service is available 24/7 at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/libraries. You can renew books and other items, download e-books and e-magazines as well as reserving items and using our online information services.

Can I drop items off on a Sunday even though the library is closed?

  • The following libraries do have a drop-off box where you can return library items out of hours:

           Bedworth

           Lillington

           Rugby

           Stratford

Why have you chosen Sunday and not closing any other time during the week?

  • Sundays are not the busiest days at Rugby, Leamington and Nuneaton Libraries. Per hour open less people visit and less people borrow items on a Sunday than for example on Saturdays.
  • Our costs are more expensive on Sundays therefore, we would have to close for more hours in order to save the same amount of money on other days of the week

How will this affect people who attend activities?

  • We offer one Sunday activity, Book Magic, which attracts on average six attendees per session which makes it less well attended than our other events. We offer a broad range of activities for families throughout the week.  We regularly review activities to investigate how we can attract more people to visit us.

How will staff be affected?

  • We  will be consulting with the Trades Unions and staff who may be affected. We anticipate ​there will be minimal impact ​on staff ​as many will transfer to working their “Sunday” hours during the week and will not lose any hours. ​There are a very limited number of staff who only work on Sundays.We would seek to find redeployment opportunities where possible but cannot rule out the possibility of ​​redundancy.

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