ACCESS to City of Canning libraries will be slashed by a total of 22 hours from July 10.
Bentley Library will experience the greatest change, closing Mondays and bringing forward its closing time on Saturdays to 12.30pm.
Cannington will lose 1.5 hours a week but open half an hour earlier each day from 9am, Mondays to Saturdays.
Riverton’s opening hours will be cut by four hours with a reduction to its late night service and Willetton Library will be closed a further three hours.
The new opening hours for the City’s four libraries were announced on June 19 in a media statement and the Canning Times compared them with existing opening hours.
In the statement, Mayor Paul Ng said the adjustments meant at least two libraries would be open every weeknight.
“In an increasingly digital world, libraries remain an important centre for social connection and are so intrinsically useful that the community is referring to them as their third place outside of work and home,” Mr Ng said.
A Canning spokesperson said the City continually reviewed its services to meet the needs of the community as efficiently as possible.
“The changes will bring Riverton and Cannington libraries in line with each other and align Willetton and Bentley,” the spokesperson said.
“The City will continue to offer services seven days per week, with a slight reduction in total operating hours.”
Staffing will not be reduced as a result of the changes. The City brought in a new library management system in May, which was completed by an external vendor.
Mr Ng said no contractors had been engaged in relation to reducing costs.
“The new system has not affected staffing levels,” he said.
He said the libraries had an acting manager and the City intended to fill this position permanently soon.
For more details about the new opening hours, visit www.canning.wa.gov.au/Community/Library-Services.