Wednesday, September 15, 2010

IndyStar Report on Cuts in Library Hours, Materials Budget

Link to September 15 Indianapolis Star article, "Library hours to be cut back beginning Oct. 3. 26% reduction in hours is expected to save $1.5 million, help avert closing."

Excerpt: Even the Indianapolis-Marion County Central Library in Downtown Indianapolis -- the system's flagship -- will lock its doors on Thursdays and reduce hours on several other days.

It is the first time in memory that the Central Library has closed one day a week. Under the new hours, more of the library's 22 other branches will be closed two days a week. The 26 percent reduction in hours, including later openings and earlier closings, takes effect Oct. 3.

"We've never really had a cutback like this before," said Jon Barnes, the library's spokesman.

Library officials expect the change in hours -- adopted as an alternative to closing branches -- to save $1.5 million.

"It's very disappointing to see that they are cutting back, especially on the weekends," said Jennifer Jenkins, 39, who was visiting the Eagle Branch Library, which will no longer be open Saturdays and Sundays. "That's when I can spend time (here) with my kids

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Indianapolis resident recommends book to local officials.  (9/6/2010)
Library board votes to include 'shortfall appeal' option.  (9/1/2010)
Library board to consider 'shortfall appeal'.  (8/30/2010)
In close vote, library board cuts hours, staff.  (8/20/2010)
Library grapples with its sustainable future.  (8/16/2010)
Library projects a $7.3 million deficit by 2014.  (7/29/2010)
Library board sez no branch closings in 2011.  (7/15/2010)
Library supporters question Pacers deal. (7/15/2010)
High performance government team report.  (7/11/2010)
Library board delays decision on libraries.  (6/5/2010)
Another big turnout for libraries.  (5/13/2010)
Mayor vows to keep library branches open.  (5/12/2010)
Residents speak up for their libraries.  (5/11/2010)
The neighborhood library as refuge.  (5/2/2010)
Indianapolis Star editorial board keeps library funding issue front and center.  (4/25/2010)
Efficiency experts look for ways to keep branch libraries open.  (4/23/2010)
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What's in store for Indianapolis-area libraries?  (4/17/2010)
Indiana Pacers bailout talks continue.  (4/16/2010)
Postscript.  (4/15/2010)
Look what's at the top of Indianapolis's to-do list.  (4/14/2010)
A Challenge to Indianapolis-Marion County:  Stand Up for Libraries.  (4/13/2010)
Library rally caps?  Get real, sez IndyStar editorial.  (4/12/2010)
Will Indianapolis rally for its libraries?  (4/12/2010)
Library considers branch closings.  (4/9/2010)

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