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Longer Library Opening Hours with Library Plus

 

From 4th September this year your Library Service will be changing. You can take advantage of our flexible Library Plus service, giving you extra choice to use libraries with extended opening times.  The Council is facing a huge financial challenge, but these changes will enable us to make the necessary savings while continuing to protect and improve our library service for local residents.

 

Our libraries are a fantastic local service where you can meet with family and friends, browse the stock, borrow books, use a PC or access free Wifi, and following extensive consultation last year opening hours at all five libraries will be reorganised with an overall increase of over 40 hours, including Bedford Central Library opening on Sundays.

 

With the introduction of Library Plus at Bedford Central Library, Bromham Library and Wootton Library you will have extra choice and flexibility. You will be able to use the libraries through a mixture of staffed and self-service hours, when you can use your library card and PIN to enter the library. During the extensive consultation it became clear that Kempston and Putnoe Library users felt that Library Plus wasn’t suitable for those branches, so there will be some reduction in opening hours instead, to make the necessary savings.

 

To access the libraries during self-service hours you just need to sign up to Library Plus which you can do from Monday 14th August. It’s really easy, just pop along to Bedford Central, Bromham or Wootton Libraries and ask a member of staff.

 

Cllr Sarah Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “In the face of severe government cuts councils across the country are closing libraries, while in Bedford Borough we are keeping every single one of them open and even extending overall opening hours, and bringing Sunday opening to Bedford Central Library.”

 

For more information about your libraries please visit www.bedford.gov.uk/libraries or sign up to our libraries email bulletin at www.bedford.gov.uk/stayconnected, and there is more information about Library Plus avaliable here, on the Virtual Library.

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