District to Reduce Hours at Urban Branches

As of June 26, 2010, the open hours of the Library District’s urban branches will change from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, to 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday, Saturday and Sunday hours will remain the same, at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Libraries impacted are Centennial Hills, Clark County, Enterprise, Las Vegas, Sahara West, Spring Valley, Summerlin, Sunrise, Rainbow, West Las Vegas, Whitney and West Charleston. All other library locations will maintain their current service hours.

“Reducing hours was a painful decision necessitated by the dramatic reduction in the District’s revenue,” says the District’s executive director, Jeanne Goodrich. “Although open hours at urban branches will be reduced from 72 hours a week, the new schedule of 60 hours per week will provide more hours of service than most public libraries in the country who serve a similar population.”

Despite the severe revenue shortfall, the Library District is able to keep all its libraries open and to retain seven-day-a-week service in the urban branches. “In a 24/7 community like ours,” Goodrich continues, “it’s important to be able to continue to support our residents with library services that are more critical than ever in this struggling economy.”

The hours that will be cut are from the beginning and end of the weekday, when data shows usage to be at its lowest.

Many services are available through the Library District’s web site at www.lvccld.org, including downloadable materials, chat and email reference and online research. Customers may apply for a library card online, as well as pay fines and fees, and request and renew materials.