Whilst councils up and down the country, including neighbouring councils, are being forced to close many or all of their libraries because of cuts from government, in contrast Leeds has worked with frontline library staff and local councillors to negotiate solutions that keep our libraries open.
Proposals have been brought forward to re-organise library hours to enable Rothwell library to stay open in the face of massive cuts in its budget from central government. The library service is now giving residents the chance to have their say on when they would like to use the library and have laid down two options to library users which they would like library users to respond to in order to best serve the needs of the community.
The busiest period of library use is usually through the daytime, although both the options put forward for consideration keep some evening hours as well daytime ones and weekend hours.
Rothwell library is a great asset to our community and I’m very pleased that despite cuts to funding Leeds City Council has recognised the importance of our libraries and are not considering closure like many other local authorities but instead are looking at re-organising hours to when more people want to use the library. I would urge local people who love our library to respond to the consultation and comment on their preferred option of opening hours.
I’d also urge you to use Rothwell library if you haven’t done for a while as it can only stay viable with healthy usage by local people. It has computers with internet access and staff to help you use them, it also has a community room which people and local groups can hire, it has a great childrens’ book section and even does a story time and sticker club to encourage children to use their library. Our daughter has been enjoying it since she was a toddler.
Because of government cuts more than 200 libraries have closed, which is why saving Rothwell is so important. We love our library in Rothwell, we’re pleased it’s not going to be closed and want to keep it that way!
If you haven’t got around to joining the library yet, you can do it here now.