Cuts in library hours to go before scrutiny committee
Councillors are set to discuss cost-cutting measures to change opening hours of Leicester's libraries.
City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby approved plans for new hours in February, to save the city council £23,000 a year.
The changes are set to come into force at 16 libraries from October 15, but members of the council's neighbourhood scrutiny commission are to consider them on Monday.
Under the proposals, the city's Central library in Bishop Street will see its opening hours cut from 57.5 hours a week to 52.5 hours a week.
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Other satellite libraries will also be affected, however, the city council says overall opening hours will increase.
In a report to the commission, Adrian Wills, the council's head of libraries and information services, said: "The total number of staffed library opening hours in the proposal amounts to 706 across the city.
"This is an increase of 12 hours from the current 694.
"There are reductions in opening hours of up to six hours at any one site, but at others, through new ways of working, hours will be increased.
"Opening at Evington and Rushey Mead libraries will be regularised and will be open more weekday lunch times to support schoolchildren and workers."