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Monday, October 14, 2019

Notts library to close during school holidays


A Nottinghamshire library will close its doors during the school holidays as a cost-saving measure.

From October half term 2018, opening times for the Dukeries Library in Ollerton will change to term-time hours only.

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The public and school pupils currently share use of the library at Dukeries Academy on Whinney Lane in New Ollerton.

The library is managed by Inspire, which was contracted to open the library to the public for 42 hours a week throughout the year.

Now, Nottinghamshire County Council has voted to approve a plan to restrict the opening times.

It was said at the meeting that Ollerton is the only place in Nottinghamshire to have two libraries.

Councillor John Cottee is the chairman of the committee which took the decision, and represents the Keyworth ward for the Conservatives.

He said: “We have approved Inspire’s plans as we’re satisfied that there won’t be negative knock-on effects to customer service and public access to the library as a result of closing in holiday periods because of reductions in academy staffing.”

The library costs are shared between Inspire and the academy with the majority resting with the academy which is responsible for building costs, support staff and the book stock.

Inspire provides some of the professional services, a share of librarian costs and access to the library IT system and training.

Inspire’s chief executive Peter Gaw added: “In order to make financial savings, the academy has reviewed the operation of the library and its reception functions and is merging its staff to generate more efficiencies.

“We are working together to maintain the current service during term-time. However, without additional resources, we are unable to fund out-of-term access.”

Customers will be directed to alternative libraries during school holidays, including Ollerton Library which opens 27 hours per week. They will also be able to increase their borrowing limits. Those with limited mobility will be offered temporary access to the home library service.


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