Library set to restore hours, reopen Mondays, beginning July 1

PORTLAND, Ore. — May 6, 2013 — On May 2, the Multnomah County Library District Board convened for the release of the library district’s Fiscal Year 2014 proposed budget, the first under a new funding mechanism approved by voters last year.

The Multnomah County Library District will replace the library’s current funding model, based on annual contributions from Multnomah County and a temporary local option levy. The library’s budget and proposed new schedule will become final upon adoption by the Library District Board, which is expected to take place June 6.

Beginning July 1, the library will restore Monday service and restore open hours that were reduced in 2012 at all 19 libraries. In the new schedule, six libraries will be open Sunday mornings and all libraries will be open later in the evenings, Tuesdays through Saturdays. View the new schedule at: https://multcolib.org/new-hours.

Proposed library schedule beginning July 1, 2013

 

Central Library

Belmont, Gresham Hillsdale, Hollywood, Midland libraries

All other

libraries

Sunday

10:00-5:00

10:00-5:00

12:00-5:00

Monday

10:00-8:00

10:00-6:00

12:00-8:00

Tuesday

12:00-8:00

10:00-8:00

12:00-8:00

Wednesday

12:00-8:00

12:00-8:00

10:00-6:00

Thursday

10:00-6:00

12:00-8:00

10:00-6:00

Friday

10:00-6:00

10:00-6:00

10:00-6:00

Saturday

10:00-6:00

10:00-6:00

10:00-6:00

The library’s new schedule offers patrons more choices, with 40 percent more open hours each week than the current schedule. This new schedule reflects community input, based on specific preferences expressed in the nearly 4,000 responses to a community survey earlier this year. Beginning July 1, extended evening hours will offer more opportunities for groups and organizations to use free meeting space. Revenues from the library district also restore funding to purchase new books and other materials.

“We are grateful to the voters of Multnomah County for their support of library district funding to restore hours and services,” said Multnomah County Library District Director Vailey Oehlke. “Our goals in creating next year’s budget and schedule are to increase opportunities for access, be responsive to the desires and needs of our community, and to ensure that the library remains a vital resource to all.”

The library’s budget is developed each year in conjunction with the Multnomah County budget process. Members of the public are invited to review budget materials and comment throughout this process.