Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Metro Atlanta Public Libraries Continue to Tighten Their Belts

Gwinnett to reduce library hours to curb spending. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1/19/2011)

Excerpt: A 15 percent cut in county funding will mean reduced hours at Gwinnett County libraries.

Just how much hours will be cut and when the new hours will take effect won’t be known until March. But library officials say reduced hours at their 15 branches are inevitable as they cope with a $2.8 million budget cut.

“We have to reduce services,” said Nancy Stanbery-Kellam, executive director of the Gwinnett County Public Library. “Service hours will be affected.”

Gwinnett is the latest county to curtail library services to help balance its budget.

Last fall Cobb County reduced weekday hours, closed all but one branch on Sundays and closed some branches on Saturdays in response to a 5 percent budget cut. DeKalb County closed its Briarcliff branch in October and delayed opening of its Stonecrest Library

Related articles:
Gwinnett County Library budget cut by 15%. (1/8/2011)
Library's 2011 Budget cut by 15%.  (12/2/2010)

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