Library to add extra hours in August

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 06:02 PM

Weekend operating hours at the Chapel Hill Public Library will increase in August.
The move, announced Thursday in a town news release, was made in response to citizens’ complaint about a reduction in hours in April because of budget constraints.
New Library Director Susan Brown conducted a quick survey and found that a majority of the patrons who responded wanted more operating hours on the weekend.  
“We have heard from our community that weekend hours are most important, so we are thrilled to be able to offer these additional hours,” Brown said.
In all, the library will add six hours to its weekend operating hours – four on Saturday and two on Sunday – increasing the facility’s weekly operating hours from 54 hours to 60 hours.
The library currently is open from 1 p.m., to 5 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday. 
But beginning in August, the library will be opened from 10 a.m., to 6 p.m., on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m., on Sunday.
Councilwoman Sally Greene was among the Town Council members and library patrons who pushed for the full restoration of the 68 hours the library operated before its return to the newly expanded facility in Pritchard Park.
But on Thursday, Greene said she was pleased with the addition of six hours on the weekend.
“I am happy with that and encouraged by the outreach by our director,” Green said. “I believe she’s doing everything she can to make that happen as quickly as possible.”   
Additional funding for the extra hours was approved by the council earlier this month with the adoption of the town’s budget for fiscal year 2013-14.
The $144,426 came from additional support from Orange County and extra tax revenue based on the county’s adjusted estimate of vehicle taxes.
The library will continue to operate from 10 a.m., to 8 p.m., Monday through Wednesday and 10 a.m., to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday.