Extend the Lane Cove Library Opening Hours

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Last year the Lane Cove Library opening hours were extended.  These extended opening hours reflect the popularity of the Library as a facility enjoyed by the whole community.

Lane Cove Library is a busy place.  It has one of the highest lending rates in NSW.  Lane Cove Library is a cultural and community place where residents can borrow books, enjoy workshops and obtain information.

Lane Cove Library Current Hours
The new hours are:

Monday – Thursday:   9:30 am – 9:00 pm

Friday – Saturday:  9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday:  9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Lane Cove Library Suggested Hours
Monday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

The Lane Cove Council has advised it will not look into extending the library hours until The Canopy has been completed.  The Canopy is the name of the Rosenthal Car Park Development and there will be 500 new car parking spaces.   

Extended hours in the morning may present an issue for people wanting to park in Lane Cove, however parking after 6.00 pm in Lane Cove is never a problem.  Why is Lane Cove Council not prepared to look at extended hours when there is less demand on parking?

Last year Local Government NSW (LGNSW) President Linda Scott released a press statement last week claiming:

The 2018/19 State Budget included a $25.2 million cut to the grants and subsidies that enable local government to provide local infrastructure and services. Funding to public libraries has been slashed by 18 per cent. Public libraries in NSW already receive the lowest per capita support of all Australian states.This NSW State Budget sees library funding plummeting to record low levels.
 

An investment in public libraries is an investment in the educational, social, cultural and economic outcomes of local communities. Research has shown that every dollar invested in public libraries returns $4 to community.  The State Government has listened to the people and in the 2019 Budget an additional $12 million in funding was allocated for council-run public libraries; a 55% increase in funding this year.  This increase in funding will allow councils to put on more staff and have longer opening hours.  Now is the time to strike and extend the opening hours of the Lane Cove Library.  

“These funding boosts are all good news for councils and the communities they serve, and I thank the Government for responding to advocacy by the local government sector.”