Library opening times extended but residents say it’s ‘not enough’

Is one extra hour enough at Horncastle Library?
Is one extra hour enough at Horncastle Library?

Visitors to Horncastle Library have welcomed confirmation that it will open for an hour longer every week, but claim it is not enough.

Lincolnshire County Council - under fire because of its controversial proposals for the future of library services - has unveiled a raft of new opening hours.

They will come into effect at seven libraries from next month – with two receiving additional hours, including Horncastle.

The town’s library will still be open five days a week, although several people have complained there will only be one late night on a Thursday until 6pm

Heidi Morgan, of Horncastle, said: “I’m a student and have to travel to Lincoln. By the time I get back to town, the library is often closed.

“The hours aren’t great but I suppose the extra hour is better than nothing.”

Colin Jennings, of Horncastle, also described the extra hour as “something or nothing” but said it did not go far enough.

He added: “The library isn’t open long enough. It’s often closed in the afternoons, including Saturday and on Tuesday it doesn’t open at all.

“You are never quite sure of the hours. Still, with all the cuts going on I suppose it could have been worse.

“At least it’s still open. I know a lot of village libraries - like Coningsby and Wragby - could be closing all together.”

Paula Jennings, of Spilsby, called for more investment in libraries. She added: “I travel to Horncastle because it’s the best for miles around and the staff are brilliant, but the service needs more money.

“They keep saying younger people don’t use libraries and everyone seems to have a Kindle these days - but people like me still like books and a lot of kids use the computers at the library.”

Jonathan Platt, County Libraries and Heritage Manager, said: “The changes are based on public feedback and analysis of when these libraries are being used.

*Revised opening hours for Horncastle Library from May 7 are: Monday 9-4; Tuesday closed; Wednesday 9-1; Thursday 9-6; Friday 9-5; Saturday 9-1. Details -