Cuts to Reading Library services come into effect this September

21 September 2018

Dave McElroy (right) with fan favourite(?) Jamie Whitham outside the Central library

Unfortunately, library users in Reading can expect to see a number of cuts to the service starting this month and into October, including a reduction in opening hours. Greens have saved Saturday morning at Palmer Park and will keep working to restore library hours.

As of Monday 17th September, Whitley Library, which is now part of the new South Reading Community Hub in Northumberland Avenue, will be closed on Fridays. All other opening times at this location remain unchanged.

In October, opening times will also be slashed at five other library branches. From Monday 15th October 2018:

  • Central Library will be closed Wednesdays and will close at 3pm on Saturdays
  • Caversham Library will close on Wednesdays
  • Battle Library will close at 12 noon on Fridays
  • Tilehurst Library will close at 12 noon on Tuesdays
  • Palmer Park will close at 5pm on Tuesdays

All other opening times at these locations remain unchanged. For full opening times, visit:

David McElroy, Green campaigner for Redlands, commented that: "We're glad that, following our campiagning, Palmer Park library will maintain its Saturday morning hours, but overall disappointed by the cuts to the library service. The Green party will however keep working to prevent further cuts to libraries and build the hours back up. Why not get involved?"

To lessen the impact of the reduced opening hours on users, a book drop facility will be installed outside Caversham, Tilehurst, Battle and Palmer Park libraries so that books can be returned outside of opening hours. Central Library already has this facility.

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