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Bristol's central library will open seven days a week after 'overwhelming' public response

Central Library will be open seven days a week from May Photo: ITV News

Bristol's central library will return to opening seven days a week after an 'overwhelming' response from the public.

Two years ago the council suggested half of the city's libraries could shut, with reduced opening hours for those that survive, in order to save money.

Central library is currently closed on a Wednesday - but more than 92 per cent of people who responded to a consultation said they wanted it to be open every day.

It is anticipated that the new opening hours will come into effect towards the end of May.

The library had its hours cut last year Credit: ITV News

We understand the importance of the central library for many people across the city so we wanted to make sure it is open when people need it most. People voted overwhelming to return to seven day a week opening, so we are going to make that happen. We are currently holding a series of community events to discuss the future of the library service, and I would encourage everyone to get involved and have their say about what they would like to see. We want to hear from community organisations, current and potential library users, businesses and councillors. The idea is that we work together to find the best possible solutions.

– Councillor Asher Craig, deputy mayor with responsibility for libraries

The council say the change in opening hours will be funded by a 'reorganisation of staff and management' in all the library teams.

A spokesman said this will create a number of new part time posts, but not result in any job losses. No other libraries will be affected.

In July last year Mayor Marvin Rees and his cabinet decided to keep all 27 libraries across the city open, pledging to work with community groups to explore sustainable options for the future of libraries.

A series of community events are currently under way, looking at opportunities for 'community led activities and partnerships' to create a library service for the future.

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