Library opening times to change

Posted on: Tuesday 30 November 2021

A decision has been made to temporarily reduce library opening times on Saturdays to help manage staff shortages whilst the service looks at ways to accelerate the delivery of the libraries strategy.

At a meeting on Tuesday, Torfaen Council’s cabinet members approved the proposal to reduce hours on Saturdays at Blaenavon, Cwmbran and Pontypool libraries

The opening hours of Pontypool library will also reduce during the week.

The new changes will come into action in the New Year

The new Saturday opening hours will be:
Saturday Pontypool – 9am – 1pm
Saturday Cwmbran – 8:45am – 1pm
Saturday Blaenavon – 10am – 2pm

The new week day opening hours at Pontypool Library will be:
Monday – Remain closed
Tuesday – 2pm-7pm
Wednesday – 9am – 5pm
Thursday – 9am – 1pm
Friday – 9am – 5pm

Councillor Joanne Gauden, Executive member for Skills, Economy and Regeneration, said: “As the future of how our libraries support the residents of Torfaen is being discussed, a reduction in the opening hours has been approved.

“It makes sense that the hours are reduced during the quieter times, but we still want to make sure that there is ample opportunity for people to visit our libraries. Libraries have a lot more to offer than books, so I am very pleased new working model is being planned.”

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