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Sunday Opening
An investigation into accessible opening hours and Sunday opening in UK public libraries

LISU has recently published the results of research into Sunday opening in the UK’s public libraries, carried out during the summer of 2007. This is the first comprehensive study of Sunday opening in public libraries, and it presents a diverse picture of activity around the country. The report sets accessible and Sunday opening against a context of current societal, economic, and policy developments. It examines whether Sunday opening furthers the appeal and use of libraries, within the context of a need to increase usage, issues, and visits, and considers whether Sunday opening strengthens libraries place as centres for community engagement.

The report also highlights some of the issues which impact upon opening hours decisions, and discusses a set of critical success factors. As well as in-depth results and analysis from a survey of public libraries in the UK, the report includes a number of case studies of authorities both offering and not offering Sunday opening, seeking to explore the reasons for their decisions.

The research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and undertaken by Chris Moore, the MLA-funded Libraries Clore Fellow for 2007.

The report is available to download free of charge.

Print copies are available at £20
(ISBN: 978-1905499-373; A4) by contacting:
LISU, Loughborough University, Leics LE11 3TU
tel: +44 (0)1509 635 680, fax: +44 (0)1509 635 699, email:
Or via BookNet TeleOrdering

Notes for the Editor:
Claire Creaser, Director, LISU
Loughborough University, LE11 3TU
tel: +44 (0)1509 635 682, fax: +44 (0)1509 635 699, email:

About LISU
LISU is a national research and information centre based at the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University. LISU comprises a team of experienced Information Managers, Statisticians, Researchers and Administrators focusing on the analysis, development, interpretation and dissemination of statistics, performance assessment measures and related management data. LISU seeks to contribute, in appropriate ways, to good management practice in the various public and private sector agencies that make up the strands of the information economy and cultural services.

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