St Ives Library opens on summer Sundays

St Ives Library is to be Cornwall’s only library open seven days a week during the summer starting on Monday, April 29.

The service will continue being open from 9.30am to 5pm every Monday to Saturday but will also be operating on Sundays from 10am to 3pm for the first time starting next weekend.

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St Ives Town Council took over the running of the Library and Information Service last year under a partnership agreement with Cornwall Council.

Under the arrangement, which is part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, the library has continued to provide all the key services essential to a modern library as well as access to a range of Council services.

Customers have kept their existing library cards and can still visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.

Earlier this year the library building was partially refurbished with a re-designed ground floor and redecorated Greta Williams Community Room.

The range of groups, activities and access hours has also increased.

Cllr Tim Andrewes, chairman of St Ives Town Council's Facilities Committee, said: “By moving the visitor information centre into the library building, the town council has already been able to increase the opening hours from 3.5 days per week to six days a week. Now, for the summer season, the library and information service will be available on Sundays as well.

“This fulfils a key desire, articulated in community consultation, for longer opening hours, and I hope in particular that it will benefit younger people and those in full-time work who find it difficult to use this great facility on weekdays.”

Jane Dews, Library and Information Services Manager, said: “We are really keen to welcome local residents who want to use our computers, read the local newspapers, browse our bookshelves and use our other services, but who might struggle to do so during the week.

“Our doors will be open from 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday and I think people will be pleased to find a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere here, in the heart of the busy town centre, where they can pursue their interests and explore the exciting world that libraries have to offer.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We are delighted that St Ives Library is thriving and increasing its opening hours under the management of the town council and in partnership with Cornwall Council, benefitting the community and showing devolution in action. Opening the library on summer Sundays is a great way to increase accessibility for even more library users.

“Libraries are important to our residents and I commend St Ives Town Council for the excellent service they are providing to their community.”