In a continuous effort to lower its overall operating costs the City of Greater Geraldton will be reducing the opening hours of the Geraldton Regional Library.
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor, Ian Carpenter, said the decision to reduce the opening hours was based on feedback from the community during the Community Panel.
“The Community Panel reviewed the library’s range and level of services and recommended reducing overall costs by decreasing the number of hours the library is open a week by closing on Sundays,” he said.
“However, the panel was split equally between finding savings but not wanting to see a cease in Sunday operating.
“The City has responded by reducing the number of library opening hours during the week but has decided to leave the weekend hours of operation unchanged as Saturday and Sunday are two of the busiest days of the week with approximately 50 people visiting the library every hour,” Mayor Carpenter added.
Popular activities at the library such as Rhyme Time, Storytime and Oral History Mornings will still be offered; as will free access to computer and Wifi.
The library also has a number of electronic resources the community is encouraged to utilise.
“Customers can access the library online from the comfort of their lounge room and take advantage of e-Books, e-audio Books as well as e-Magazines and a host of other e-Resources,” Mayor Carpenter said.
“Although the opening hours may have been reduced, staff will continue to provide friendly and efficient services to the community.”
The new opening hours will come into effect on Monday 3 August:
Monday 1.00pm - 5.30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Thursday 9.00am - 7.30pm
Saturday 9.30am - 1.00pm
Sunday 1.30pm - 4.30pm