New library opening hours announced after public consultation

PUBLISHED: 07:55 22 July 2011 | UPDATED: 10:11 22 July 2011

Revised library opening hours have been announced

Revised library opening hours have been announced


Library opening hours across Norfolk are being cut this autumn but none closed following a public consultation.

Norfolk County Council is reducing hours by an average of 10pc as part of a package of measures to save £1.5m over the next three years.

The views expressed during the consultation launched in May have been taken into account in the revised times.

More than 8,000 people responded and options chosen by the majority of people determining each library’s new opening times, which will start on Monday, October 3.

James Carswell, cabinet member for cultural services said: “It is because we recognise the great many benefits and opportunities our libraries bring to their local communities that we have always been committed to keeping all of our libraries open and trying to find the savings required in a way that will protect and maintain this fantastic service as much as possible.

“By listening to the opinions of both the people who use libraries and the staff that run them, I hope we have achieved this.

“For most libraries the preferred option for revised opening times as chosen by the public was clear and these will now be taken forward.

“Where the results were very close or where the public came up with other suggestions, we have found an alternative pattern of opening hours with the help of staff and local communities.

“This hasn’t been an easy time for staff or the people who love their local library, and I’m afraid the outcomes won’t please everyone but we have worked hard to make this process fair.”

Most of the savings will come from staff cuts and efficiency savings.

New opening hours are: (current ones in brackets)


Monday 9.30-12.30, 1.30-7 (9.30-7.30)

Tuesday 9.30-12.30, 1.30-5 (9.30-5)

Wednesday 1.30-7 (2-7.30)

Thursday 9.30-12.30, 1.30-5 (9.30-5)

Friday 9.30-12.30, 1.30-7 (9.30-7.30)

Saturday 9.30-4 (9.30-4)

Sunday 11-2 (11-2)


Monday 9.30-7 (9.30-7)

Tuesday 9.30-5 (9.30-7)

Wednesday 9.30-1 (9.30-1)

Thursday 9.30-5 (9.30-7)

Friday 9.30-7 (9.30-7)

Saturday 10-1 (9.30-1)


Monday 9.30-1 (9.30-12.30)

Tuesday 9.30-1 (9.30-5)

Wednesday 9.30-1 (9.30-12.30)

Thursday closed (closed)

Friday 9.30-6 (9.30-6)

Saturday 9.30-1 (9.30-12.30)


Monday 10-1 (10-1)

Tuesday 2-5.30 (2-6.30)

Wednesday closed (closed)

Thursday closed (closed)

Friday 10-1, 2-6.30 (10-6.30)

Saturday 10-1 (10-1)

North Walsham

Monday 9.30-7.30 (9-7.30)

Tuesday 9.30-5 (9-7.30)

Wednesday 9.30-1 (9-12.30)

Thursday 9.30-7.30 (9-7.30)

Friday 9.30-5 (9-5)

Saturday 9.30-1 (9-1)


Monday 2-7 (2-7)

Tuesday closed (closed)

Wednesday 9.30-1, 2-5 (9-1, 2-5)

Thursday closed (closed)

Friday 10-1, 2-5 (9-1, 2-5)

Saturday 9.30-12.30 (9-1)


Monday 10-5 (9.30-7)

Tuesday 10-5 (9.30-5)

Wednesday 10-1 (9.30-1)

Thursday 10-7 (9.30-7)

Friday 10-5 (9.30-5)

Saturday 9.30-1 (9.30-12.30)


Monday 10-1 (10-1)

Tuesday 10-1, 2-5.30 (10-1, 2-8)

Wednesday closed (closed)

Thursday 10-1, 2-8 (10-1, 2-8)

Friday closed (closed)

Saturday 10-1 (10-1)


Monday 10-5 (10-5.30)

Tuesday 10-5 (10-5.30)

Wednesday 10-5 (10.5.30)

Thursday 10-5 (10-8)

Friday 10-8 (10-8)

Saturday 10-5 (10-5.30)

A full list of the revised opening times is available at

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