RESIDENTS can continue to enjoy Sunday reading at the Royal Borough’s libraries after a scheme was made permanent.

A pilot scheme to open the borough’s 11 libraries including Windsor, Datchet and Eton Wick on Sunday and Eton Library on Saturday was expected to be extended at a cabinet meeting on Thursday last week, but Cllr Dee Quick, cabinet member for leisure and libraries, announced the scheme is now being made permanent instead.

Cllr Quick said: “This really is a fantastic story when other authorities are closing their libraries. Perhaps we could sell our expertise to those local authorities who don’t do it as well as we do?! “It will of course take a little bit of time to bed in smaller areas.” Making the scheme permanent will cost around £56,000 per year.

The scheme has provided an extra 33 hours of Sunday access to libraries and started in April 2013.

Volunteers are needed to run the facility and the number of volunteers would need to be retained.

To volunteer, call 01628 796247 or email volunteers.library@rbwm.gov.uk For specific library opening hours, go to www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/libraries.htm