LIBRARIES across the Royal Borough will be open on Sundays for the first time from this weekend.

Windsor library, in Bachelors Acre, Maidenhead library, in St Ives Road, and Cox Green library, in Highfield Lane, will all open from 11am-2pm on Sunday as part of a trial run of extended opening hours.

The extended hours pilot began on Tuesday and provides an extra 26.5 opening hours a week - 12 of them on Sunday - at libraries across the Royal Borough thanks to volunteers supporting library staff.

Councillor Eileen Quick, cabinet member for leisure and libraries, said: "The response from volunteers to enable us to extend the hours has been tremendous.

"My thanks to all of them for their enthusiasm and their dedicated support." The trial is set last a year and is dependant on levels of volunteering remaining high to cover all opening times across the week.

The Sunday opening hours of the trial period will also be dependant on volunteer commitment and user interest matching the levels experienced on Saturdays.

The new Dedworth library, in Smiths Lane, also began extended opening hours on Tuesday with an extra 14 hours a week including 8.45am starts on Thursdays and Fridays.

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