Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rockford Public Library Struggles to Reinstate Sunday Hours

Rockford Public Library officials: Cost a ‘barrier’ to Sunday hours. (Rockford Register Star, 2/27/2012)

Excerpt: Opening a library branch on Sundays would cost anywhere from $168,000 a year for four hours at the East Branch to $463,000 annually for eight hours at the East State Street and Mill Road location, Logli read from his notes. Eight hours on Sundays at the East Branch and the Montague Branch on the city’s west side would cost about $527,000 a year.

Logli and library Executive Director Frank Novak said they didn’t even run the numbers on opening the library’s Main Branch downtown because they already know that the building’s mechanicals and layout make it cost-prohibitive.

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