Library hours stay
Library hours have been saved from the chopping block. Auckland Council’s Budget Committee has voted to standardise library opening hours, meaning changes proposed to reduce total hours across Auckland will not go ahead. It had been proposed in the draft 10-year budget that library hours could be reduced to cut costs. However, after strong public feedback, the committee decided the total number of opening hours across the region should stay the same, but be distributed differently. These changes result in 27 libraries increasing their hours, 24 reducing and three, including the Central City Library, remaining the same. Local boards may also choose to fund additional opening hours at their local libraries.