Beeston Library is set to extend its opening hours following a public consultation which took place last autumn.
The library reopened in August 2017 as one Inspire’s 4 flagship libraries with a full arts and cultural programme.
Inspire, who run Beeston Library on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, say the “wanted to ensure that the opening hours of the venue met the needs and wishes of the local community”.
The survey, which was available to complete in the library and online, had 869 responses with the most responses against Sunday opening, with 502 against and 367 for.
Inspire also took into consideration the many comments left by survey participants which also indicated a preference for a late weekday opening rather than Sunday opening.
Many comments asked for extended opening hours on a Thursday and overall a more consistent pattern of hours to make it easier to remember.
After moderating the feedback from the survey – votes and written responses, the following pattern comes into effect from 3 April 2018;
Peter Gaw, Inspire’s chief executive, said: “We were proud to reopen Beeston Library last year to an overwhelmingly positive response from the Beeston community and we thank those who took the time to give us their views on the opening hours.
“It was really important to ensure we met their needs and wishes to maximise use of this fantastic space”
Councillor John Cottee, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities & Place Committee, said: “It’s good to hear that the community have had their say on opening hours and I hope it will encourage even more residents to make the most of this library’s fantastic facilities.”
In order to ensure that this new pattern meets the needs of the Beeston community, Inspire will review the opening hours again in 12 months, looking at pattern and levels of usage, and gauge customer feedback.