Charlotte Mecklenburg Library officials announced Monday that they are expanding hours of operation at 12 community libraries effective April 1.
“The most consistent feedback we hear from customers is that they want more library hours, and that our current library hours are confusing,” David Singleton, director of libraries, said in a statement.
The 12 libraries with expanded hours will be: Hickory Grove, Mountain Island, Myers Park, Plaza Midwood, Scaleybark, Steele Creek, Sugar Creek, West Boulevard, Matthews, Davidson, Cornelius and Mint Hill.
Currently, most of those libraries are closed on Mondays, and close at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
But starting in Apri1, the libraries will expand service to include a full fifth day. The libraries will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. They’ll be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
In 2010, about $10 million in county budget cuts forced staff layoffs, library closings and shortened schedules across Mecklenburg. The county supplies about 90 percent of the library budget.
Library officials said they are confident they can pay for expanded hours this year. New staff positions will be posted on the library and Mecklenburg County websites soon, they said.
Officials noted that the newly expanded hours will bring the library system to about 62 percent of the hours it had at its peak in January 2010.
The library’s six regional locations – North County, South County, University City, Beatties Ford Road, Morrison and Independence – will continue their current schedules, as will the Main Library uptown and ImaginOn.
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