Still time to give your view

LIBRARY users are being asked for their views on library opening hours as part of a consultation which closes this month.

North Yorkshire County Council has published a list of proposed opening hours for its libraries and is inviting comments from organisations including parish councils, as well as individuals.

The revised opening hours are part of the plans for library services agreed by the county council last November. The authority said that, to achieve necessary savings while at the same time ensuring libraries do not close, opening hours would have to be reduced.

The county council is now consulting on “staffed” opening hours until the end of January.

The county council is also inviting communities to come up with a plan to address the reduction in opening hours, such as through the use of volunteers or sharing accommodation with other public services.

Coun Chris Metcalfe, executive member for library services, said: “We have been working very hard over the last year to extend our partnership working with our partners, including parish, town and district councils. As a result of excellent partnership working, this means that in some cases we will actually be able to deliver an increase in library opening hours.”

To take part in the consultation, visit