New Library Hours

Yarra Libraries will operate with extended  opening hours from Monday 20 March 2017.

Weekly opening hours will be extended by between four and 14 hours at the Carlton, Fitzroy, North Fitzroy and Richmond branches. A total 35 additional opening hours will be added across all branches.

There will be a slight reduction in weekly hours at the Collingwood branch of three hours, where the Sunday opening slot will be removed.

The change in hours was the result of extensive community consultation and industry benchmarking and offers greater consistency in hours across branches. All branches will now open at 10am on Monday through to Saturday.

The new hours are:

 

Monday 

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Carlton

10am-6pm

10am-8pm

10am-6pm

10am-8pm

10am-6pm

10am-4pm

2pm-5pm

Collingwood

10am-6pm

10am-6pm

10am-6pm

10am-6pm

10am-6pm

10am-1pm

Closed

Fitzroy

10am-6pm

10am-8pm

10am-8pm

10am-8pm

10am-6pm

10am-4pm

2pm-5pm

Nth Fitzroy

10am-6pm

10am-6pm

10am-8pm

10am-8pm

10am-6pm

10am-4pm

2pm-5pm

Richmond

10am-8pm

10am-8pm

10am-8pm

10am-6pm

10am-6pm

10am-4pm

2pm-5pm

 

 Background

In 2015/2016 Yarra Libraries undertook an extensive internal review of library opening hours, resources and patronage. The process included an examination of library performance data, current opening hours, benchmarking against other Melbourne metropolitan library services, and City of Yarra population forecasts.

Among the key principles guiding the review were the need for consistent opening and closing hours across Yarra Libraries branches, a desired increase in the number of branches open in the morning, questions about the value of operating all five branches on weekends, and the need to ensure there is a Library open in Yarra every evening from Monday to Thursday. The review included a community consultation process.

Through the review process, efficiencies and better allocation of resources were identified, and two proposals for extended opening hours were formulated.

Members of the community were invited to vote on their preferred option via an online poll, and these results were presented to Council along with the two options for revised Yarra Libraries branches hours.

In December 2016, Council passed the Opening Hours Review,  accepting Option 2 for revised hours. This option sees much greater consistency in branch opening and closing times, and a total of 35 open hours added per week across the five library branches. The only slight decrease in hours is at the Collingwood branch, where the poorly attended Sunday openings were removed in favour of uniform 10am opening at the branch from Monday to Saturday. As with the changes at all branches, this move reflects and responds to the needs and current-day user patterns of the Yarra community.

The new opening hours will commence at all Yarra Libraries branches from Monday 20 March 2017.


Further information
1300 695 427
yarralibraries@yarracity.vic.gov.au

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