Expanded weekend library hours start Saturday

Aug. 27, 2013 @ 12:48 PM

The Chapel Hill Public Library will be open longer hours on weekends beginning Saturday.

As proposed during budget deliberations in the spring, the library will operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays, adding six hours to the library’s weekend operating schedule.

Currently, the library has been open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, for a total of eight hours. The library will operate 14 hours when the expanded hours go into effect on Saturday.

“We have heard from our community that weekend hours are most important, so we are thrilled to be able to offer these additional hours,” Library Director Susan Brown said in a news release.

The additional hours will increase the library’s weekly operating hours from 54 to 60 hours a week, which is still eight hours short of the 68 hours per week the library operated before budget constraints forced the town to cut back.

Brown described the restoration of hours to 60 per week as a “two-phase plan to restore some of the library’s hours this fiscal year,” meaning more hours could be added later this year.  

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.

Brown noted that the library staff has been interviewing, hiring and training additional staff to work in customer service positions in the newly expanded library, which doubled in size after an extensive renovation last year.

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. It’s closed on Labor Day, however.