1. What is the modified library hours trial?

Data shows that the demand for library services in the City of Kalamunda is lowest in the evening-time. To ensure centres are operating efficiently, the City will be trialling modified opening hours. During this time, libraries will close at 6pm on nights they would normally close at 8pm.  The trial will take place from 2 July to 31 August 2018 (inclusive). 6pm closing times will revert back to 8pm from 1 September 2018. If the trial is successful and is supported by the community, the City will implement the modified hours annually each winter (June through August), when the demand for evening-time services is lowest.

2. Which libraries will have modified hours?

The trial will be undertaken at Forrestfield, High Wycombe and Kalamunda Libraries.

3. What will the modified hours look like?

When: 2 July – 31 August 2018 (inclusive)

Kalamunda Library
Monday - Thursday: 9.00am - 6.00pm
Friday: 9.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 12noon

Forrestfield Library
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 9.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 12noon

High Wycombe Library
Monday & Wednesday: 9.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 12noon

4. Why is the change occurring during winter?

A recent audit of the City of Kalamunda’s libraries has shown that patronage is lowest between the hours of 6pm and 8pm. Patronage is expected to decrease further during winter, as days are shorter and colder. The trial is designed to coincide with the time period expected to have the lowest demand for library services.