Library opening times cut from May 1

Thorney library

Opening hours at Thorney library are being cut dramatically from the beginning of May.

The cut in manned hours was expected as part of a drive by Peterborough City Council to reduce costs, but villagers were promised that the library would be available as a self-service facility at other times.

Now it seems that this has been delayed and the library will be open for just 10 hours on three days each week.

The new opening hours – from May 1 – are:

Wednesday: 9am to 12 noon
Friday: 1.30pm to 5pm
Saturday: 2pm to 5.30pm

Librarian Jane Ward said that they were still working out when the various groups, such as Homework Club, Reading Group or the Wednesday Drop-in, would fit in with the new hours or if some may have to be dropped.

She has produced a number of bookmarks with the reduced opening hours printed on and these also have the opening hours of the library at Eye. People can borrow or return books at any library run by Vivacity (the city council) and Eye is open Mondays (9am to 12 noon), Wednesdays (1.30pm to 5pm) and Saturdays (9am to 12.30pm).

When the city council opened consultations about reducing the library’s manned hours, they promised it would be open on a self-service basis for a further 15 hours. However, it seems this idea, which is being tested in other parts of the city, has hit problems and so isn’t now being rolled out.

At present there isn’t a date for when the additional self-service hours will kick in.

One comment

  • What a shame that the hours have been cut so dramatically. I want to say a big THANK YOU for all the happy hours my grandson, Isaac has spent with me in the Toddlers club there on a Monday afternoon. He loved the kindly attention, singing, running around and the good quality books (even if he did love standing on them! It was FUN! What an excellent way to encourage a lifelong love of books!

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