Aberdeen library opening hours to be cut

Aberdeen Council is to cut the opening hours at the city's libraries as part of plans to cut costs.

The council is to save £146,000 by cutting the hours at 17 library branches including the Central Library in the city.

As part of the local authorities financial strategy, officials had suggested three libraries for closure but councillors asked for them to find savings elsewhere, says a report in the Press and Journal.

Members of the resources management committee took the decision to implement reduced opening times for every council run library in the city.

The Central Library will have its opening hours cut from 60 a week to 54, which will bring it in line with other Scottish cities.

Under the plans Woodside, Torry, Northfield, Bucksburn and Linksfield branches would see their opening hours cut by 16, while Ferryhill would be reduced by 14, Dyce 11 and Airyhall by nine.

Hours would be reduced by five at Bridge of Don, Mastrick and Tillydrone libraries, Kincorth would open three hours less, Culter and Cults will have a reduction of two hours, and Cornhill and Kaimhill would open for one hour less.

Cove library is also to have its opening times cut but the number of hours has not been revealed.

Labour committee members moved an amendment calling for no changes to be made to the opening hours.

Councillor Yvonne Allan said: "I think that we need to leave our libraries as they are. I think services to our communities have just been cut and cut and I just think this is a cut too far."

Labour's amendment was defeated by 11 votes to three.

Councillor Kate Dean, leader of the council's Liberal Democrat/SNP administration, criticised opposition members.

She said: "I am once again stunned at what the Labour group are moving.

"Every time a difficult decision comes along the Labour group say `don't do it'. This has gone on for far too long."