Tyne & Wear

County Durham library opening hours cut to save cash

Opening hours at libraries in County Durham are to be reduced, and some villages will lose their mobile service, in a cost cutting move.

However, Durham County Council has said it does not plan to close any of the 12 town centre and 27 community libraries.

The mobile service, which has suffered from a drop in membership, would only visit communities at least four miles from a library building.

A 12-week public consultation on the proposals starts on Friday.

Library opening times currently vary from 21 hours per week in smaller venues to 55.5 hours at Clayport, in Durham.

Under the new plans, opening hours for all town centre libraries, excluding Clayport, would be reduced to a core 36 hours per week, with community libraries operating a core 20 hours per week.

The Labour-run authority is budgeting to make cuts of £159m by 2015-16.

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