HAVE YOUR SAY: PROPOSED CHANGES TO LIBRARY OPENING HOURS

We are proposing changes to the opening hours of some of our libraries. 

Community consultation ran from 20 January to 29 February and is now closed. This page will continue to provide information about the project.

The proposed opening hours

The proposed opening hours are based on community feedback provided via the bi-annual Library Survey, substantial data showing how and when people use their libraries, and the goals stated in our Library Plan (2017-2021).

  • You can find the detailed proposed opening hours here.
  • See a list of Frequently Asked Questions (as at 14 February) here.

Background

Every four years, the Geelong Regional Library Corporation creates a Library Plan including a vision, mission, goals and values to help guide us as we move ahead. One of our values is ‘Equity and Access’; promoting and delivering free, accessible and universal access to information, ideas, the Internet and works of the imagination.  

A review of opening hours across the network was a key action of the Library Plan (2017-2020). The review was carried out in late 2019 and included an analysis of opening hours, community feedback and library usage statistics. 

The purpose of the review was to make sure that opening hours are allocated equitably across the library network and where they provide the most community benefit.

Why make changes?

The review resulted in a proposal to change opening hours for some of our branches.

In this proposal, we focussed on using our efforts to specifically respond to areas where there is less access to technology and free resources.

Please note that there are currently no proposals to change opening hours for our mobile libraries or our branches at Bannockburn, Torquay, Queenscliff or Western Heights.

What are the key recommendations?

  • 11 of our 17 branches would open their doors earlier
  • 2 x branches would open on days they are currently closed
  • 6 x branches would be open for more hours per week.

You can find the detailed proposed opening hours here.

The community consultation process

Community consultation has now closed.

Community consultation was open from 20 January - 29 February 2020. Your feedback on the opening hours proposal will inform our decision about what changes to implement.

Mid-consultation update

We have created a 'Frequently Asked Questions' document to provide answers to some of the most common questions about the process that we have received through the survey and from feedback to our branches. This document is correct as at 14 February 2020.

Can my feedback make a difference?

Yes. Your suggestions will inform our decision about what specific arrangements need to be made for each branch. They will be taken into consideration alongside the fact that the final proposal must:

  • Be budget-neutral (no increase in operational costs),
  • Address equity and access to library services, and
  • Standardise opening and closing hours across the library network.

What happens next?

Timeline

 Date

 Activity

 20 January - 29 February 2020

 Community consultation and engagement [Closed]

 March 2020

 Geelong Regional Libraries will review feedback and update proposal

 April 2020

 Geelong Regional Library Board considers updated proposal

 May 2020

Summary of engagement results shared with community 
(Please note this was originally April, but the disrution resulting from coronavirus has regrettably resulted in a delay.)

 May 2020

 Proposal presented to City of Greater Geelong Council for adoption and community informed

 Post-July 2020

 Changes implemented