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Under budget pressure, Summit library cuts hours
Diminshing state revenue and property values combine to force cuts
Story by GRACE MURRAY


 
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The Akron-Summit County Public Library is cutting hours beginning next month following five years of declining revenue and staff.

Director David Jennings says the libraries will close an hour earlier beginning Jan. 6.  The main library in downtown Akron building will be closed entirely on Sundays during the summer and bookmobile service will be curtailed. Jennings says the cuts followed a review of when patrons use the library most.

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"We’re entering our sixth year of a challenging budget situation and we made the change in a way that will make our budget work, our staffing work, and we hope, that will have the least effect on the public that uses our services."

New hours for the Akron-Summit  County Public Library effective Jan. 6:

Main library hours:
Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The main library will be closed Sundays during the summer from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Branch library hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday bookmobile service will be cancelled.

Jennings says the library expects 450,000 dollars less in state funding next year. It’s already struggling with other decreases in state aid and real estate property devaluation, which add up to 16 percent less revenue than in 2008. Besides the main library, the system has 17 branches and three book mobiles.

No layoffs are expected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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