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Libraries in the Ascot area to stay open on Sundays

Published: 28 Aug 2014 13:000 comments

RESIDENTS look set to enjoy an extended stint of Sunday reading at libraries in Ascot, Sunningdale and Sunninghill.

An extension to the pilot scheme to increase the Sunday opening hours at 11 libraries including Ascot Durning, Sunninghill and the container library in Sunningdale, was approved at a Royal Borough cabinet meeting last Thursday.

The scheme has provided an extra 33 hours of Sunday access with libraries in Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale now open from 11am-2pm each Sunday, having previously been closed that day.

The scheme has been extended for a further six months until March next year.

Cllr Dee Quick, cabinet member for leisure and libraries at the Royal Borough, said: “We have had many positive comments from residents.

“Saturdays were traditionally the busiest day in most locations, but Sundays are now taking over in some areas.

“Libraries are reporting that the longer they are open on Sundays the more residents are starting to use them.

“Pilot schemes like this can take time to bed

in, so we would like to extend the trial of these longer opening times.”

The Sunday opening scheme started in April 2013 with four libraries – Maidenhead, Windsor, Cox Green and Sunningdale – and was then rolled out to more facilities in March this year.

“The scheme has been successful thanks to volunteers manning the libraries for the extra hours, reducing the cost to the council and the number of volunteers would need to be retained to make the extension successful.”

To volunteer, call 01628 796247 or email volunteers.library@rbwm.gov.uk

For opening hours, see www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/libraries.htm

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