Cuts Scene Investigation: Tameside’s Libraries (Part Two)
- Populace opt for retention of main libraries;
- Haughton Green, Denton West End, Newton, Mottram and Hurst libraries to close;
- Reduced opening hours may follow on remaining libraries and Local Studies Library.
The fate of Tameside’s public libraries has been decided this week. Following a consultation, the people of Tameside have gone along with the council’s recommendation, denoted as Option Three on The Big Conversation webpage.
Option Three advocates the retention of Ashton Central Library, Stalybridge, Hyde, Droylsden, Denton and Dukinfield libraries. Mossley library will move from its current premises to a new home in the George Lawton Hall, whereas the new Hattersley library next to TESCO Extra will also serve Mottram residents. All three options advocated the closure of Hurst, Newton, Haughton Green, Mottram (to be served by new Hattersley library) and Denton West End libraries, the transfer of Mossley library, whereas the first two options suggested the closure of Dukinfield library.
Denton West End, Haughton Green, Mottram, Newton and Hurst libraries will close on the 12th October this year. So far, community groups have been set up to take over running the affected branches. The Local Studies Library will see a reduction in opening hours, closing on Mondays and Fridays. Saturday will see reduced opening hours, opening between 1000 – 1500 hours, week beginning 15th October.
Furthermore, changes to opening hours throughout Tameside’s octet of libraries will be reduced, with all libraries open one less day in the week and reduced opening hours throughout the whole week. After the 15 October, the new opening hours will be as follows:
- Ashton Central Library: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 0900 – 2000, Wednesdays and Fridays: 0900 – 1700, Saturdays: 1000 – 1500 (closed Mondays);
- Denton: Mondays and Thursdays: 0900 – 2000, Fridays, 0900 – 1700, Saturdays, 1000 – 1500 (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays);
- Droylsden: Mondays and Thursdays: 0900 – 2000, Fridays, 0900 – 1700, Saturdays, 1000 – 1500 (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays);
- Dukinfield: Mondays: 0900 – 1930, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 0900 – 1700, Saturdays: 0900 – 1300 (closed Wednesdays and Fridays);
- Hattersley: Mondays: 0900 – 1930, Tuesdays: 0900 – 1700, Thursdays: 1300 – 1700, Saturdays: 0900 – 1300 (closed Wednesdays and Fridays);
- Hyde: Mondays and Fridays: 0900 – 2000, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 0900 – 1700, Saturdays: 1000 – 1500 (closed Thursdays);
- Mossley: Mondays and Fridays: 0900 – 1700, Wednesdays: 0900 – 1930, Saturdays: 0900 – 1300 (closed Tuesdays and Thursdays);
- Stalybridge: Mondays and Wednesdays: 0900 – 2000, Tuesdays: 0900 – 1700, Saturdays: 1000 – 1500 (closed Thursdays and Fridays);
- Local Studies and Archives Library: Tuesdays: 0900 – 2000, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 0900 – 1700, Saturdays: 1000 – 1500 (closed Mondays and Fridays).
Improvements to existing libraries
All remaining libraries will see upgraded internet connections and the introduction of WiFi. The Housebound Library Service will be upgraded. Some branches will also have childcare services, and some Post Offices will also have book carousels (possibly in locations affected by the closures).
Also planned are free book reservations – a service hitherto available till 2009 – and the arrival of e-book borrowing services. All these innovations will be worthy additions to the borough’s library network. Though welcome to regular users, this may not be enough to convince less regular users in Mottram, Dane Bank, Haughton Green, Hurst and Newton to catch the next bus to their nearest one.
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Next on Cuts Scene Investigation…
Community Libraries: examples of contemporary practice and provision as per the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964.
S.V., 26 September 2012.