New chapter for libraries

AVID book lovers could notice changes to Queensferry and Kirkliston libraries in the months ahead.

A new vision for Edinburgh’s libraries has been taken following consultation with almost 10,000 people.

The changes proposed would see extended opening hours on Saturdays at both libraries as the city council aims to deliver a modern library service that is more efficient and meets the changing needs of communities.

Views on the top priorities for investment in libraries services included provision of books, music and DVDs but users also highlighted strong support for new technology, such as access to computers, to enhance these facilities.

Councillor Deidre Brock, culture and leisure convenor, said: “In Edinburgh we’re extremely proud to be bucking the national trend by prioritising our libraries as a key service.

“This public consultation has genuinely helped us decide on the best direction for our libraries service in the next few years. These are very difficult financial times but I am proud to say that rather than closing libraries, we are opening new ones and responding to the public by investing in the services that are important to them.”

The proposed new opening hours at both libraries would be Monday, Wednesday, 1pm to 8pm; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

*Councillors were expected to vote through the changes on Wednesday but the decision has now been deferred until later.