Redbridge Library Opening Hours

Closed 20 Nov 2022

Opened 17 Oct 2022


Redbridge Libraries Opening Hours Consultation 

Why are we reviewing Library Opening Hours? 

Library opening hours across Redbridge were last reviewed and changed over 10 years ago. The library service, and the needs of the local community have changed during this time. Responding to these needs, we have improved library services through a programme of refurbishments, investing more than £4million in our facilities, digital resources and events programme.

We are proposing changes to opening hours to help us maximise library usage by opening at times most people want to visit them. We would like to extend Saturday hours and to open our flagship Central Library on a Sunday to align it to other businesses on the High Street and typically when people have more leisure time and will find it easier to visit. The proposals include a slight reduction of late evening opening in some branch libraries when they are typically much quieter.

Our pre-pandemic data shows that our libraries are much quieter in the early mornings and in the evenings.  The proposals also help provide consistency across the library network by opening all our libraries at 10am, except for those libraries with integrated gym facilities.

Over the last few years we developed combined Libraries and Gyms in South Woodford and Woodford Green where opening hours have increased to 100 hours a week at each site, including opening on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The extended hours at these sites will remain unaffected by these proposals.

We would like to invite your feedback on these proposals. We want to make sure library opening hours are relevant to the local community and to ensure we can deliver services more efficiently and effectively.

We would also like to find out more about how you use the library service and your thoughts on any improvements you would like to see.

We would appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes to tell us your views by answering the questions within this survey.  

Proposed new Library Opening Hours. Please note: this will open in a new window.

Why your views matter

All the feedback we receive from this consultation will be considered and will inform the final changes that will be implemented in January 2023.


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  • Anyone from any background


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