Merton Libraries kick off new year with longer opening hours

Merton Council has introduced longer opening hours and more support at two of its libraries.

Libraries that will benefit from extended opening hours and more support are Donald Hope Library in Colliers Wood and West Barnes Library. From this month, Donald Hope Library will open Fridays from 9.30am – 7pm and West Barnes Library will be given extra support on Mondays, a move that is supported by the local Friends group.

Councillor Nick Draper, cabinet member for community and culture, said: “Not only are our libraries the cheapest to run in London, they are amongst the most highly regarded and I am delighted that that we can extend opening hours and increase support at no extra cost. We know how important libraries are to our residents and, despite these difficult economic times, we have fought hard to ensure that not a single library in Merton has closed whilst extending opening hours at all of our libraries.”