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Brighton Library extends opening hours

The Bayside community can now enjoy extended hours at the Brighton Library with the introduction of a pilot program.

Launched following a three-week trial earlier this year, the benefits for library-goers are many and varied.

The new extended hours are aimed at supporting families coming to the library after morning school drop-off; providing quieter time for patrons with sensory needs; providing safe spaces for students to connect with each other and opportunities for community members working from home, starting their workday at the library.

Increased availability of meeting room spaces and self-serve coffee/tea trolley will also be available again during the three-month pilot.

Avid library-goer and local resident David Johnston uses the Brighton Library services such as printers, scanners and meeting rooms.

Man smiling whilst using his laptop in Brighton Library
David enjoys the benefits of Brighton Library's extended opening hours

“If the meeting rooms are booked, I go out to the gardens on site, which are so nice,” he said.

David, who often works from the library as a payment consultant, noted an influx of younger community members taking advantage of the previous pilot service — especially in the lead-up to exams and during school holidays.

“I go to the library a lot and part of it was letting people know that the library was opening at 9am, because it’s been 10am forever. I was often at the doors waiting for the 10am opening — and a lot more people were using the 9am opening,” David said.

The three-month pilot concludes on Friday, 22 December.

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