We get requests about the library's open hours fairly often. Some people want earlier, some later, some more hours on the weekends. Here's the latest:
For the record, we would love to be able to open earlier in the day (and every night of the week)! However, we only have funding to support a certain number of hours per day/week/month, and the current funding won't support adding hours. In fact, at the beginning of 2015, the library had to cut hours of service because approved staffing levels couldn't support the number of hours the library was open. This is further complicated by the fact that we have two locations to service rather than one.
When we made the change in January of this year, we examined traffic patterns - both in check outs and in door counts, providing service to people of all ages, and how to keep both library locations open as much as possible. While some might want the library open earlier in the day, traffic use also indicates that use in the evening is as strong as morning activity. We also need to be available at hours when students may be coming in to find homework resources. In addition to those factors, we need to be cognizant of library programming - when do we offer story time and how long do evening adult programs typically run. It's no easy feat to figure out the ideal schedule for all people, and we realize that we won't be able to make everyone happy.
We appreciate the input, so keep it coming! If there's a big push for earlier open hours, we can re-examine our current schedule to see if there's any way to accommodate the requests. Not all things will be possible due to our budget constraints, but we are willing to constantly review and ponder different solutions.