Library proposes ‘sensible’ change to its hours

Eryn Makinson. PHOTO: SHAWN 
Waikouaiti Library is proposing to turn a page and change its opening hours.

Library manager Eryn Makinson, speaking at a Waikouaiti Coast Community Board meeting in Warrington last week, said Dunedin Public Libraries was proposing to change the opening hours of Waikouaiti Library.

The proposal was made due to fewer people visiting the library on Friday nights.

"Patronage has been declining over the past five years on Friday nights and it’s slowed down to almost a trickle — we feel like the community is voting with their feet," Ms Makinson said.

If the changes were implemented, the library would be open between 11am and 5pm on weekdays and between 10am and 1pm on Saturdays, resulting in the library being open 30 minutes longer every week than at present.

The proposed opening hours were more consistent than the existing hours.

"No-one ever knows when we are open — every day is different."

Board chairman Alasdair Morrison said the changes sounded "sensible".

Ms Makinson said a survey had been launched to consult the community on the proposal.

The survey was available at the library, she said.

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