Library opening hours and staff numbers

By on 29/06/2011 in FOI/Data

1. Can you provide the total opening hours per week for public libraries in Birmingham during 2010/11 and, during 2011/12.

Please see attached spreadsheet - current information on all Birmingham's Libraries including opening hours are published on the library service's website at www.birmingham.gov.uk/libraries

Please note that Sutton Coldfield Library is currently closed. It was the Central Library for Sutton Coldfield before the Borough became part of Birmingham in 1974. The size and staffing of the library reflects that role and is disproportionate to the size and staffing of other Birmingham Libraries. Whilst the library is closed, staff have been redeployed to other libraries (indicated in red)

2. Can you confirm whether the figure for this year is set to March 2012, or likely to change.

There are no proposals to change the Central Library opening hours in 2011-2012 although access to some areas of the library may be temporarily restricted.
The operational management of Community Libraries lies with Constituency management. Community Library opening hours will be discussed by Constituency Committees later in the year.

Also can you provide a full list of all public libraries in Birmingham with the following information.:

3. How many days a week each library was open during 2010/11
How many days a week they are open this year.
 
Please see attached spreadsheet.

For some years Birmingham Libraries have had a Mobile Library service and a number of very small unstaffed self service Neighbourhood Libraries located in community centres and other community settings - these are also shown on the spreadsheet.

Hawthorn House Library closed in 2010 with the loss of 25 opening hours. The staff were redeployed to other libraries in Perry Barr and are included in their new library's staffing numbers.

4. How many hours a week each library was open in 2010/11
How many hours a week each is open this year.

Please see attached spreadsheet.

5. How many part and full time staff were employed at each library in 2010/11 (plus how many of these are librarians)
How many part and full time staff are employed now.  (and how many are    librarians)

Please see attached spreadsheet

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