Charlotte Mecklenburg Library branches will cut hours beginning Monday, April 5, as the system adapts to a budget cut of about $2 million. At both the Davidson branch, on the Village Green, and the Cornelius branch on Catawba Avenue, the main change will be Thursday closings. Hours also will be shorter.
Current hours at both branches are Mondays to Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the libraries closed on Sundays.
New hours will have the libraries open Mondays to Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The branches will be closed Thursdays and Sundays.
Library trustees decided March 24 to cut hours and salaries instead of closing half the system’s branches. That saved the Cornelius branch, which had been among the 12 branches scheduled to be closed beginning next week. The change in tactics came after an outpouring of community support for keeping libraries open. That included private donations of nearly $270,000.
“Fewer Library staff will face layoffs, and service will be maintained at all 24 locations; but the public will face trade-offs in hours of operation and services,” the library system said in announcing the new hours.
The library warned that some printed materials may continue to reflect the old hours of operation until they can be updated.
It’s still not clear what will happen after July 1. The county is in the midst of preparing its budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year, and it’s expected to include big cuts to the library system.
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