Why must library close for so long?

YORK Central Library will be unavailable to the public from 1pm on December 24 and will not reopen until January 2. That is eight-and-a-half days closed.

The library is also closed on the first Thursday morning of every month.

Last Sunday, there were more than 30 people waiting outside in the cold. When the manager finally unlocked the entrance doors, 15 minutes late, there was barely an audible apology.

When the public use the library they have little to impress them in there. The computer facility is unreliable and desperately needs upgrading. The public toilets are frequently out of order. The café area is cramped.

Security is poor, resulting in numerous thefts of library stock from the shelves.

The ground floor is more like a creche than a library, with babies crying and infants running about and shouting. Their parents seem unconcerned about the noise as they sit drinking coffee and chatting.

City of York Council should be ashamed. However, I am not blaming the library staff in general. Most do a difficult job well.

CS Jeffrey, East Mount Road, York.

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12:08pm Thu 13 Dec 12

keepitshut says...

So exactly who are you blaming then Colin?
So exactly who are you blaming then Colin? keepitshut
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12:17pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Zetkin says...

Insufficient cash to do the job properly.

Ultimately it's down to the government.
Insufficient cash to do the job properly. Ultimately it's down to the government. Zetkin
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1:11pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Buzz Light-year says...

Unbelievable whinge and not exactly factual.
Unbelievable whinge and not exactly factual. Buzz Light-year
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2:44pm Thu 13 Dec 12

LauraESpeirs says...

Where I would agree with some points made, especially regarding opening times and the computer system, I think we need to remember that the 'library' has been rebranded and rethought and is now an 'Explore learning centre' and there is an expectation that families can use it as such. It's a place for the community and that doesn't just mean those of us who can remember when the word 'library' was synonymous with the word 'silence'. I would say that more organised activities would probably improve the experience for families and other users and be more effective in encouraging children to be book lovers.
Where I would agree with some points made, especially regarding opening times and the computer system, I think we need to remember that the 'library' has been rebranded and rethought and is now an 'Explore learning centre' and there is an expectation that families can use it as such. It's a place for the community and that doesn't just mean those of us who can remember when the word 'library' was synonymous with the word 'silence'. I would say that more organised activities would probably improve the experience for families and other users and be more effective in encouraging children to be book lovers. LauraESpeirs
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6:24pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Sillybillies says...

The letter writer has it spot on.

Basically, as a library it's not fit for its purpose, and if the council are looking at making cuts the York Libraries should be top of the list. The one at Acomb is just as bad, despite the hundreds of thousands of £s spent updating it.
The letter writer has it spot on. Basically, as a library it's not fit for its purpose, and if the council are looking at making cuts the York Libraries should be top of the list. The one at Acomb is just as bad, despite the hundreds of thousands of £s spent updating it. Sillybillies
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4:16pm Sun 16 Dec 12

bolero says...

He is absolutely right. The identity of a library has been completely lost in this mish-mash of ideas. It is now like every other cafe in town; nothing more than a glorified creche for unattended misbehaved cash machines on two legs.
He is absolutely right. The identity of a library has been completely lost in this mish-mash of ideas. It is now like every other cafe in town; nothing more than a glorified creche for unattended misbehaved cash machines on two legs. bolero
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