Library hours cutback across South Tyneside

Library hours cutback across South Tyneside

Library opening hours are being cut across South Tyneside as the local council looks to make savings.

The opening hours of eight libraries will change from 3rd September; most will see hours reduced, while some will close their doors altogether on certain days of the week. South Tyneside council is looking to make savings of £20 million across its entire budget, following an attempt to create £35 million of savings last year. The affected libraries are South Shields Central Library, Boldon Lane, Cleadon Park, East Boldon, Hebburn, Jarrow, Primrose and Whitburn.

The council’s deputy leader, Alan Kerr, said the cuts would mean that none of the libraries would have to close. He said: “The council has examined new ways of delivering the Library Service in the most efficient way. A detailed assessment of when libraries were used was carried out and the new times are based upon those findings.

"The revised opening hours will ensure that all library services will be available to the community."