Tameside libraries set to open for longer, but be staffed for less
Tuesday 7th March 2017 13:10 Ashton Denton & Audenshaw Droylsden Dukinfield Hyde Mossley & Saddleworth News Stalybridge Posted by Tom Greggan

Tameside’s libraries will soon undergo a radical shake-up with a move to ‘Open+’ hours, meaning they will be open for longer, but staffed for less.

In an effort to save money, new self-serving technology is to be installed in all but one of the Council-run libraries, as well as CCTV as a safety measure. The savings will come from staff cuts. Tameside Central Library in Ashton is the only one that has escaped the changes because there are plans to move the facility into the new council offices in 2018.

Overall, libraries across the borough will be available for 495 hours per week, up from 276, but staffed hours will be reduced from 276 per week to 155.

The Council has invested £496,200 in the new technology, which is expected to be in place by late spring, but will save £185,000 a year in ‘reduced staffing costs’, with librarians across the borough are set to lose their jobs.

The changes follow a six-week public consultation in July and August last year. A report following the results of the consultation stated: “Library staff in Tameside are extremely knowledgeable, committed and professional. Unfortunately, due to continued cuts to local government budgets, alternative ways to maintain and deliver services must be sought. This will mean a reduction in staffing levels but wherever possible this will be done on a voluntary basis.”

A Tameside Council spokesperson said: “Following over 700 responses to consultation, we will be enhancing our library service by introducing Open+ hours. This will mean libraries will be open more hours and more days making them more accessible to our residents. Importantly, this will secure the future of all our libraries, meeting the needs of our residents while saving money.”

The libraries will use the Bibliotheca ‘Open+’ system, which first began in Scandinavia in 2004 and is now in operation in 480 libraries in eight different countries.

Barbara Allen, runs the Discovery Book Club from Stalybridge Library, expressed her dismay at imminent changes. She said: “This is not about people. Nobody is going want to go into an empty building and I really feel for the librarians who are losing their jobs.

“I am of an older generation that was brought up on books and I am passionate about them. Books are important and people are important. But Tameside Council don’t care about people, they only care about money.”

The full report into the library consultation and the upcoming changes, can be found at http://bit.ly/2mGq0Qz.

 

CHANGES TO LIBRARY OPENING TIMES AND STAFFED HOURS:

 

Tameside Central Library (Ashton)

Day Current Hours New Hours Staffed Hours
Monday Closed Closed Closed
Tuesday 9am-8pm 9am-8pm 9am-8pm
Wednesday 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm
Thursday 9am-8pm 9am-8pm 9am-8pm
Friday 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm
Saturday 10am-3pm 10am-3pm 10am-3pm
Total 43 hours 43 hours 43 hours

 

Denton Library

Day Current Hours New Hours Staffed Hours
Monday 9am-8pm 9am-8pm 1pm-5pm
Tuesday Closed 9am-8pm
Wednesday Closed 9am-8pm
Thursday 9am-8pm 9am-8pm 1pm-5pm
Friday 9am-5pm 9am-8pm 9am-1pm
Saturday 10am-3pm 10am-3pm 10am-3pm
Total 35 hours 60 hours 17 hours


Droylsden Library

Day Current Hours New Hours Staffed Hours
Monday 9am-8pm 9am-8pm 9am-1pm
Tuesday Closed 9am-8pm
Wednesday Closed 9am-8pm
Thursday 9am-8pm 9am-8pm 9am-1pm
Friday 9am-5pm 9am-8pm 1pm-5pm
Saturday 10am-3pm 10am-3pm 10am-3pm
Total 35 hours 60 hours 17 hours

 

Dukinfield Library

Day Current Hours New Hours Staffed Hours
Monday 9am-7.30pm 9am-8pm 9am-1pm
Tuesday 9am-5pm 9am-8pm 9am-1pm
Wednesday Closed 9am-8pm
Thursday 9am-5pm 9am-8pm 1pm-5pm
Friday Closed 9am-8pm
Saturday 9am-1pm 9am-1pm 9am-1pm
Total 27.5 hours 59 hours 19 hours

 

Hattersley Library

Day Current Hours New Hours Staffed Hours
Monday 9am-5pm 9am-8pm 1pm-5pm
Tuesday 9am-5pm 9am-8pm 1pm-5pm
Wednesday Closed 9am-8pm
Thursday 1pm-5pm 9am-8pm 1pm-5pm
Friday Closed 9am-8pm
Saturday 9am-1pm 9am-1pm
Total 25 hours 59 hours 16 hours

 

Hyde Library

Day Current Hours New Hours Staffed Hours
Monday 9am-8pm 9am-8pm 9am-1pm
Tuesday 9am-5pm 9am-8pm 9am-1pm
Wednesday 9am-5pm 9am-8pm 1pm-5pm
Thursday Closed 9am-8pm
Friday 9am-8pm 9am-8pm 9am-1pm
Saturday 10am-3pm 10am-3pm 10am-3pm
Total 43 hours 60 hours 21 hours

 

Mossley Library

Day Current Hours New Hours Staffed Hours
Monday 9am-5pm 9am-8pm 1pm-5pm
Tuesday Closed 9am-8pm
Wednesday 9am-7.30pm 9am-8pm 9am-1pm
Thursday Closed 9am-8pm
Friday 9am-5pm 9am-8pm 9am-1pm
Saturday 9am-1pm 9am-1pm
Total 27.5 hours 59 hours 12 hours

 

Stalybridge Library

Day Current Hours New Hours Staffed Hours
Monday 9am-8pm 9am-7pm 9am-1pm
Tuesday 9am-5pm 9am-7pm 9am-1pm
Wednesday 9am-8pm 9am-7pm 1pm-5pm
Thursday Closed 9am-7pm
Friday Closed 9am-4pm
Saturday 10am-3pm 10am-3pm 10am-3pm
Total 35 hours 52 hours 17 hours