Libraries Across Seattle to be Closed Fridays and Sundays

This just in:

The City Council is now reviewing Mayor Greg Nickels’ proposed 2010 budget, which includes $2.8 million in cuts to the Library budget. Proposed cuts include a reduction in branch operating hours and a one-week closure of the entire Library system. The proposed hours reduction would mean that 21 Library locations would be closed on Fridays and Sundays – all year. Overall, the Library would lose about 23 percent of its open hours compared with 2009.

The proposed budget will impact all of our communities and neighbors who are relying on our libraries for computer access, job search resources, educational support, gathering spaces, and librarian assistance. In 2008, more than 13 million customers visited the Library and so far this year, visits are up another 8 percent. Circulation of books and other items was up 20 percent in 2008; this year it is up an additional 11 percent.

Want to save the libraries? Tell the city council you want your library open on Fridays and Sundays! Attend a city council budget committee meeting this upcoming Monday at City Hall (600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd floor, in the council chambers) and share your opinion with those who hold the purse strings.

2 Comments so far

  1. Amy (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2009 @ 9:55 pm

    Fridays and SUNDAYS. not saturdays.

  2. stevenblum on October 2nd, 2009 @ 10:27 pm

    WHOOPS! Fixed it. Thanks, Amy.

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