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Community Hub Libraries to keep five day week opening hours

From April 2023 the opening times of 11 Council-run community hub libraries were extended from 31 hours to 34 hours a week.

Following a review of library services, feedback from local residents has been largely positive and resulted in these times being made permanent.

The decision was made at a Communities, Parks and Leisure Committee meeting on Monday 11th March, and will better reflect the demand patterns of library users.

Council-run Community Hub Libraries* are now open on the same days and times across the city as follows:

  • Monday 10am-5pm
  • Tuesday 10am-5pm
  • Wednesday 10am-5pm
  • Thursday - closed
  • Friday 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Sunday - closed

Sheffield City Council run libraries

  • Over the last year the Council have been trialling a new approach to library opening hours in the 11 hub libraries across the city 
  • To make things simpler, all of the Hubs were given the same opening times from 10am to 5pm 
  • As a result, hub libraries are now open five full days a week, instead of four and a half days
  • Across the Hubs there have been over 750,000 visits in the last ten months, which is 125,000 more than the previous year
  • Users have borrowed over 600,000 books so far this year, with the number growing
  • Customers were asked for their feedback and four out of five people said they were happy with the Council's new approach and that they used libraries the same or more than before

Read the full report to committee here.

*Chapeltown, Crystal Peaks, Darnall, Ecclesall, Firth Park, Highfield, Hillsborough, Manor, Parson Cross, Stocksbridge and Woodseats libraries.