A few months ago, we carried out a survey about reducing our opening hours. We asked which day our customers would prefer us to close: Monday, Wednesday or Friday. The results have now been analysed and Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet have agreed the changes. There was a clear preference for Mondays, so we will be closing on a Monday and opening Tuesday to Friday as normal.
We will also be reducing our Saturday openings from every Saturday to one Saturday a month. Many people who responded to our survey pointed out how important it is to have plenty of time to do their research when they visit us, so we have decided to extend our hours on the Saturdays we are open.
As of 1 June, our new opening hours will be:
Tuesday to Friday: 9.30am to 5.00pm
Last Saturday of the month: 9.30am to 4.00pm
We unfortunately need to reduce opening hours in order to make budget savings. Although we will be closed to the public on a Monday, we will, however, be able to do other activities on that day. We can open up more spaces for volunteering, as we can use our search room for volunteer activities on a Monday. We will also be able to run events that aren’t possible when we have customers in the building, like larger (and noisier!) classroom visits from schools.
Please rest assured that we are working hard to get more of our material online and to offer more opportunities for people to enjoy our collections in new ways. We understand that our Monday closure will be inconvenient for some customers. We very much hope, however, that the work we are able to get done behind the scenes whilst we’re closed, to make our collections more accessible, will compensate for the loss of opening hours.