Branch Hours Reduced
Jul 30, 2010 06:15:31 PM
Kalamazoo, MI –
Kalamazoo Public Library’s Board of Trustees voted to reduce service hours at all four branch libraries and the Law Library in July. Law Library hours changed in September; branch changes take effect December 1, 2010.
Branch library hours change December 1.
- Monday, 10 am - 8 pm
- Tuesday, 12 pm - 8 pm
- Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am - 6 pm
- Friday and Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
- Monday and Wednesday, 1 pm - 6 pm
- Tuesday, 1 pm - 8 pm
- Thursday, 10 am - 6 pm
- Friday, 10 am - 5 pm
- Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon, Eastwood and Washington Square only
Why reduce branch library hours?
Kalamazoo Public Library receives 92.5% of its revenue from library district property taxes. The library’s revenue has decreased almost $900,000, about 7% of the annual budget since 2008. Experts estimate that property tax values will continue to drop statewide.
To meet these budget challenges, the library has eliminated the bookmobile, reduced budgets in many areas, reduced salaried staff by 9 FTEs and significantly cut hourly staff, and begun a strategic planning process to better determine what services are most needed and valued in the community. With the staff reductions, the library can no longer effectively cover all current open hours in all locations.
A total of 33 branch and Law Library service hours will be reduced systemwide, reducing costs by approximately $145,000.
How did the library determine the new hours?
The recommended changes are based on a review of circulation statistics, computer use, and staff observation. The new open hours reflect the busiest times at each branch location. Powell Branch Library will be closed on Saturday because the Douglass Community Association building, home of the library, is closed.
Aside from the Law Library, hours will not change at the Central Library. As Director Rohrbaugh says, ‘The Education Community’ needs a main library that’s open every weekday evening during the school year to serve students.” A total of 33 hours will be reduced system-wide.
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