The first public meeting regarding the changes in the opening hours of libraries across North Ayrshire was held in Kilwinning library yesterday evening.
There is no doubt that the libraries services have tried all they could to save money and still offer an excellent service. As the budget they are allocated is reduced, they have no choice but to make cuts in the number of opening hours.
Three Councillors were there and we hope they will relay our concerns regarding losing library hours. In both options proposed at present, the library would only open at 10am instead of 9am during the week currently, and would close at 5.30pm instead of 7.30pm except one evening a week (either Thursday in option 1 or Tuesday in option 2). Saturday hours would be reduced to a half day (10am to 1pm instead of 5pm at the moment). The only improvement would be that it would now be open on Wednesday from 10am to 1pm, which would provide an access to the library 6 days a week. This is important to users accessing internet via the library computers for example.
It is still time to make your voice heard. You can do so by accessing the online survey or filling in a paper survey at the library. You can also email the Library Services, or Kilwinning library. It was made very clear yesterday that any suggestions you have as an individual or a group will be welcome, so please do contact them. Thank you!