Wakefield Library opening hours cut down to save £150,000

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Wakefield Council is reducing opening hours at its libraries to save £150,000.

From next week all of the council’s 13 libraries will operate on reduced hours.

The council held a public consultation in June and said that the new opening times will help it to continue offering library services across the district.

About 2,000 people took part in the consultation and many of them were in favour of the libraries opening later in the day and keeping late night opening. Coun Les Shaw, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “Unfortunately in the current climate we simply have no choice to reduce our spending and cut opening hours. We have listened to what people have said and have made changes to the original proposals.”

The changes come into effect on Monday October 3.

Full details of the new opening hours can be at www.wakefield.gov.uk/libraries

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