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Revenue Reduction Prompts Library Hours Change

December 16, 2013

After five years of declining revenue and staff reductions, another anticipated loss in state funding in 2014 has made it necessary for the Akron-Summit County Public Library to reduce its hours of public service.

Beginning on Monday, January 6, 2014, Library hours will change to the following:

Main Library Hours

Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

Main Library will be closed on Sundays in the summer from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Branch Library Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Wednesday, Friday: 12 pm - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm

Saturday bookmobile service will be cancelled.

Library program times may change. Please check with your local library before attending.

In 2014, the Library expects to receive approximately $450,000 less in state funding than in 2013. Due to continued reductions in state funding since 2009 and real estate property devaluation, the Library's overall annual revenue is now $4.4 million (16%) less than in 2008.

From Library Director David Jennings:
"Unlike many public libraries, we did not reduce hours of service during the recession or in the years immediately following. Over the past five years we have reconfigured our work to continue to provide high caliber library services with significantly fewer staff. Through attrition we now have 77 fewer employees (-16%) than in 2009, and our personnel budget has $2.6 million less in 2014 than in 2009. With this latest loss of revenue, our organization is compelled to make changes we had managed to avoid until now. As we enter a sixth year of decreased funding, our hours of service must be adjusted to correspond to our reduced staffing level."

Recognized six times since 2008 as a Star Library by Library Journal, the Akron-Summit County Public Library consists of Main Library, 17 branch libraries, and three Mobile Services vehicles. In a typical year the Library has 3 million visitors to library facilities, loans 5.7 million items, welcomes 250,000 people to library programs and meetings, and has 900,000 logins to library computers.

 


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