REVEALED: The libraries in Northamptonshire now open for just one day a week after County Hall cash crisis

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Twenty-one libraries in Northamptonshire will be open just one day a week with immediate effect from today...World Book Day, it has been announced.

As revealed by the Chronicle & Echo yesterday, cuts are being made to the opening hours of libraries. At the time, the council spokesman could not confirm how many libraries were affected. However, last night, the full list was made available online.

Earlier in the week, Northamptonshire County Council revealed in a statement that eight large libraries would be retained and 21 libraries would close. It also listed eight "medium" libraries would be retained.

The plans were approved at a full council meeting on Wednesday.

It has now emerged that 21 libraries will also have reduced opening hours with immediate effect. The libraries affected are not the same 21 listed for future closure.

A statement on the county council's website says: "The Section 114 Spending controls currently in place within Northamptonshire County Council restrict expenditure on recruitment, temporary staff or existing staff working overtime.

"As a direct consequence of this Northamptonshire County Council instruction, the library service (operated by First for Wellbeing) has to remove temporary staff and additional hours from its staffing allocation. This has a direct and immediate impact on the ability to keep libraries open.

"[Some libraries are] now operating a heavily reduced timetable," the statement added.

The full list of library opening times are as follows:

One day a week:

Abington: Tuesday from 9am to 6pm

Brackley: Tuesday from 10am to 6pm

Danesholme: Thursday from 2pm to 6pm

Deanshanger: Thursday from 2pm to 6pm

Earls Barton: Friday from 1pm to 6pm

Far Cotton: Wednesday from 10am to 2pm

Finedon: Wednesday from 10am to 2pm

Higham Ferrers: Thursday from 10am to 2pm

Irchester: Tuesday from 1pm to 6pm

Irthlingborough: Wednesday from 10am to 2pm

Kingsthorpe: Friday from 9am to 6pm

Long Buckby: Thursday from 10am to 6pm

Middleton Cheney: Wednesday from 10am to 2pm

Moulton: Friday from 1pm to 6pm

Raunds: Tuesday from 10am to 6pm

Roade: Wednesday from 10am to 2pm

St James: Thursday from 2pm to 6pm

Thrapston: Wednesday from 10am to 6pm

Wollaston: Monday from 2pm to 6pm

Woodford Halse: Wednesday from 10am to 2pm

Wootton: Friday from 2pm to 5pm

More than one day a week:

Brixworth: Weekdays from 10am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 1pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm

Burton Latimer: Tuesday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 2pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm

Corby: Weekdays from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm Daventry: Weekdays from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm

Desborough: Tuesday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 2pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm

Duston: Monday from 9am to 6pmHunsbury: Weekdays from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm

Hunsbury: Weekdays from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm

Kettering: Weekdays from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm

Northamptonshire Central Library: Weekdays from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm

Rothwell: Monday, Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm

Oundle: Tuesday and Friday from 9am to 1pm

Rushden: Weekdays from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm

Towcester: Weekdays from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm

Wellingborough: Weekdays from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm

Weston Favell: Weekdays from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm