NOTTS County Council chiefs have unveiled a new book sharing scheme at the same time they have slashed library opening hours.
From 4th April new opening times will come into operation.
Worksop Library hours have been cut from 58.5 hours to 52, Balmoral Library from 19 to 9.5 hours, Bircotes Library from 35.5 to 22 hours and Carlton Library from 28 to 14 hours.
The local authority said over 17,000 people took part in its consultation to vote on one of three opening hours options proposed for their local library.
Coun John Cottee, cabinet member for culture and community, said: “Unlike many councils across the country we are committed to keeping all of our libraries open. Although libraries will see some reduction in their opening hours, for many of our busier libraries this will be as little as four or five hours a week. In many cases this means that they are open for the same number of days, but may open a little later or close a bit earlier.”
Meanwhile books that are less than three years-old and in good condition can be donated to any of the county’s 60 libraries.
Items not measuring up or added to library stock will be included for sale at one of the libraries’ scheduled book sales or possibly offered to third parties such as charity shops. Income generated will be re-invested in the book fund, the council’s budget used to buy new library books.
Coun Cottee added: “Book donations are a good example of how we can be more resourceful as an organisation in what is a challenging financial climate. So although we are reducing the money we spend on new books next year, I am hoping this will just be for one year and that we will be able to increase the budget the following year.”