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News - 1 May 2005

Brighton's Jubilee library to extend opening hours

Brighton’s Jubilee Library is to extend its opening hours on Wednesdays and Fridays. Opening hours are currently 10am to 2pm on these days. During the summer months this will be extended to 5pm.

Changes in the way the government pays its share of the cost of the library mean that the council will have around £100,000 more money per year to invest in services at the Jubilee library over the next 25 years.

The Jubilee library has been a success since it opened in March. Visitor and book loans figures are nearly three times higher than in the old library in the Dome complex, and have recently been described in the Guardian as being the envy of library authorities across the country.

The council’s director of cultural services, Tony Miller, said, “The feedback we’ve had from visitors since the Jubilee library opened has been overwhelmingly positive. Their wish to see opening hours extended has come through loud and clear, and we are delighted to have been able to achieve this.

“We shall continue to look into ways of further extending opening hours to include at least some opening on Sundays.”

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