Local libraries may soon open doors for out-of-hours use

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VOLUNTEER groups and members of the public may soon be able to use local libraries out-of-hours, according to County Council chiefs.

The proposals come after opening times were sliced by over a third in July in order to cut costs.

Chris Hayward, Cabinet Member for Libraries, said: “To help make the most of these important public spaces we’re offering voluntary groups the chance to use library buildings out-of-hours.

“It is also possible members of the public will be able to use libraries for books and DVDs, to pay fines or to use the computers.”

The plans, which will be tested with a series of pilot schemes, have been welcomed by local groups.

Heather Allen from Volunteer Centre Dacorum said: “There’s always a shortage of community buildings that are available for volunteer groups and that are also accessible for disabled people.

“We look forward to seeing how these plans develop.”