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Libraries start shorter hours

By Steve Lyttleslyttle@charlotteobserver.com

Don’t plan a trip today to any of the regional libraries in Mecklenburg County.

The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, dealing with a big budget cut in the fiscal year that started last Thursday, begins its new shortened schedule today.

The six regional libraries will be open four days a week, for 34 hours total. And the 12 community libraries will be open 32 hours a week, on four days. The new schedule also means five-day-a-week operations this summer for the main branch of the library and ImaginOn, although those two facilities will switch to a six-day schedule in September.

Library officials had considered closing a number of additional branches but received enough money in the 2010-2011 fiscal year budget to keep 20 libraries open. Layoffs and cuts in services are a part of the reduced budget, however.

New hours

Main facilities – Main branch and ImaginOn

Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; closed Sundays and Mondays. Will resume Sunday hours on Sept. 5.

Regional facilities – Freedom, Independence, Morrison, North County, South County, University City.

Open noon to 9 p.m. Mondays; open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; closed Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Community facilities – Cornelius, Davidson, Hickory Grove, Matthews, Mint Hill, Mountain Island, Myers Park, Plaza-Midwood, Scaleybark, Sugar Creek, Steele Creek, and West Boulevard.

Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; closed Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays.

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