PLANS TO cut the opening hours at Redditch Library are being considered by Worcestershire County Council in a bid to meet a savings target of £3.7m by 2018/19.
The Libraries and Learning service has had a total of £2.7m savings to make from 2011 to 2016, with £2.4m delivered to date.
Now a further £1m has been added to the savings target, taking the total to more than £3m.
Saving plans include a proposal to reduce library opening hours by 78.5 hours in total across the county, excluding Worcester’s The Hive, and will see Redditch Library opening hours reduced by four hours.
The Market Place site currently opens from 9am to 7pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and is open between 9am and 5pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
The proposals will see it close at 5pm on both a Monday and Tuesday evening, leaving Thursday as the sole late opening.
Alvechurch and Woodrow libraries are also under fire, with plans to cut two hours and one hour from their opening times respectively.
Alvechurch Library on Birmingham Road is currently open until 5.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday but proposals would see it shut at 5pm while Woodrow is earmarked to shut at 12 noon on Saturdays instead of 1pm.
Worcestershire County Councillor Lucy Hodgson, the Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities said:
“We are very proud of our record of keeping every library in Worcestershire open, despite the financial challenges that we are facing.”
“We are currently consulting with staff regarding a number of proposals and seeking their views regarding future operations.”
“No decisions have been made and we will consider the views of our staff before the proposals are discussed by the Libraries Board. We’re determined that any changes that have to be made have the minimum effect on people who use our libraries across the county.”