LONGER opening hours and a five-day service are in a new five-year library strategy for Hillingdon. 

Traditional offerings, books, computers and information, will continue, as well as the home library service, mobile library and a programme of free or low-cost events, like early-years sessions and dementia support.  

But the council wants to be more ambitious by looking for new ways to promote its libraries and attract new users.

Cabinet members agreed to the introduction of tiered opening hours, to reflect the location of a library, available transport and how busy it is.

At the most popular branches, there will be longer opening hours after 5pm, while all libraries will be open a minimum of five days per week.  

Hillingdon held a public consultation on the issues, which received 873 responses.

Cllr Eddie Lavery, Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “This strategy shows our resolve to delivering more than a core offer.”