Open later and every Sunday… The libraries of Rouen are extending their hours

The campaign promise of candidate Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, challenged by staff during a strike a year ago, the project to expand library hours will finally see the light of day this Sunday, January 22, 2023 in Rouen.

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Open between noon and two, until 7 pm and even on Sundays: from January 22, 2023, the libraries of Rouen are becoming up to date. In terms of time amplitude, the Norman capital is actually below the national average for municipalities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. “Compared to other cities of the same size, the average is 48 hours a week, and we’re at 41, decrypts Marie-Andrée Malleville, deputy in charge of culture at the town hall of Rouen. With this new schedule, we reach 50 hours. »

Simone-de-Beauvoir is open every Sunday

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The seven libraries of Rouen have the particularity of functioning in a network, each with its own area of ​​choice and its own timetables. That won’t change “because harmonizing everything is too complicated. On the contrary, we tried to adapt the schedules according to the rhythm of the neighborhoods where the libraries are located. » In, for example, closing is postponed to 7 pm instead of 6 pm at Parment and Saint-Sever, “to stay closer to the opening hours of the shopping centers where they are located”, and the possibility to go to the Châtelet library, by appointment, on Thursday mornings, “Because it’s market day in the neighborhood”.

The big news is opening Sunday. This is the Simone-de-Beauvoir library, in the Grammont district, the third most frequented structure with 34,000 entries, chosen for the experiment. “It seems logical to us because it is the most useful for a family outing on a Sunday, with a park next door”justifies Marie-Andrée Malleville.

Eleven agents were recruited

Can Rouennais from other districts go to Grammont? This father of three children met in the city center at the Parment library, the most popular in the network with 59,000 entries, is skeptical: “He is very out of the way. It’s not the easiest library to access by public transport, especially on a Sunday. » Camille, freelance journalist and mother of two children aged 13 and 1, can be tempted. “I don’t know this library, it could be an opportunity to go there with the family. » He often visits the Villon and Parment libraries throughout the week, to work. He appreciates the final closure in Parment, “because 6 pm is quite early to quit work”.

The City is allowing itself one year to test these new schedules and adjust them as needed. This new schedule requires the recruitment of eleven additional reception staff, meaning an operating cost of €800,000 more per year on the municipal payroll.

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