WHY ARE NEW LIBRARY OPENING HOURS BEING PROPOSED?

The proposed changes have been developed to improve service to customers by updating library opening hours to reflect the busiest times of the day and to align with the opening of Cove Civic Centre at Hallett Cove this year.

Analysis of visitor patterns has found high levels of demand for earlier opening hours, while visitor numbers fall at night. Our library opening times have not changed since 2001. Since then we have developed online ordering, provided access to e-books, and introduced the One Card system so customers can pick up and return library items at any library in South Australia.

The proposed times also aim to see good quality service provided across the city within existing budgets and resources.


DO THE PROPOSED OPENING HOURS COMPARE TO EXISTING TIMES?

The tables below show current and proposed opening times.

Marion Cultural Centre Library

Current hours

Proposed hours

Monday

10am-8pm

9.30am-7pm

Tuesday

10am-8pm

9.30am-7pm

Wednesday

10am-6pm

9.30am-5pm

Thursday

10am-8pm

9.30am-7pm

Friday

10am-8pm

9.30am-5pm

Saturday

10am-4pm

10am-4pm

Sunday

1pm-4pm

1pm-4pm

Park Holme Library

Current hours

Proposed hours

Monday

10am-5pm

9.30am-5pm

Tuesday

10am-5pm

9.30am-5pm

Wednesday

10am-8pm

9.30am-7pm

Thursday

10am-5pm

9.30am-5pm

Friday

10am-5pm

9.30am-5pm

Saturday

10am-4pm

10am-4pm

Sunday

Closed

Closed

Cove Civic Centre –current times are Hallett Cove Library

Current hours

Proposed hours

Monday

Closed

9.30am-5pm

Tuesday

10am-5pm

9.30am-7pm

Wednesday

10am-5pm

9.30am-5pm

Thursday

10am-8pm

9.30am-7pm

Friday

10am-5pm

9.30am-5pm

Saturday

10am-4pm

10am-4pm

Sunday

1pm-4pm

1pm-4pm

WILL THE NEW TIMES GIVE ME THE SAME AMOUNT OF ACCESS TO LIBRARIES?

When Cove Civic Centre opens later this year people will have access to Marion Libraries for an extra 7 ½ hours per week.


WHY CAN’T ALL LIBRARIES OPEN EARLY AND STAY OPEN LATE?

The proposed changes have been developed to provide a better service within existing budgets by opening libraries when people need them most.

HOW CAN I USE LIBRARY SERVICES OUT OF THE PROPOSED HOURS

Items can be booked online 24/7 at marion.sa.gov.au/libraries and dropped back via return chutes.

WHAT IF I CANNOT GET TO MY LIBRARY?

The Library @ Home service delivers items to people who are aged, frail or mobility impaired. Details are available online at marion.sa.gov.au/libraries


IF CHANGES ARE MADE, WHEN WILL THEY BE INTRODUCED?

Any changes will be aligned with the opening of Cove Civic Centre this year to ensure a consistent service across the city.