Ixworth Library will have new opening hours from Monday 1 November following a consultation that took place in May.
The new opening hours are being introduced to allow for more consistency in when the library would be open and will enable the library to meet the needs of parents that are dropping children off at school.
The new opening hours will be:
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9:00 – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Thursday - 9:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Friday - 9:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday - 10:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday - Closed
These changes have been approved by Suffolk County Council and the Suffolk Libraries Board.
Ixworth Library also has a new manager with Maddi Heinrich recently joining Suffolk Libraries. Maddi said:
“I am very excited to be beginning my journey with Suffolk Libraries as Manager of Ixworth Library. I hope to build on what was clearly a well-used and vibrant library before Covid-19 hit and look forward to engaging with the local community to find out what they would like to see here in the future.”
The consultation over the opening hours, which took place in May, asked whether the new hours would benefit or be detrimental to them visiting the library. They could also select that the change would have no impact on them at all.
The survey results showed:
66% of those surveyed felt the new hours would be beneficial
Only 6% of those surveyed claimed it would be detrimental
28% of survey-takers said that it would have no impact on their use of the library
The library also received several positive comments about the new hours and Ixworth Library's role in the pandemic.
"The staff at Ixworth library have been a valuable lifeline during the pandemic. They have gone out of their way to help by choosing suitable books for my mother who is in a nursing home. Always friendly, helpful and positive. Thank you."
"New hours make sense for everybody and would like to thank the lovely librarians for all their help during these difficult times and all their hard work."
"It will be so much better as I will be able to bring the children after school. Also, being open on Wednesdays will be brilliant too!"
You can find more information about Ixworth Library, including regular events and activities, on our website.