Beginning Jan. 3, 2011, Jefferson County Public Library locations will be closed on Mondays, including the library’s call center, as part of a response to significant budget challenges facing the system.
“The decision to close our libraries on Mondays was not something taken lightly,” said JCPL Executive Director Marcellus Turner. “We are facing a perfect storm of budget challenges requiring us to reduce the operating budget by $3 million over the next two years. The Monday closure will allow us to begin to bring our expenses in line with projected revenues and ensure the future success and sustainability of JCPL.”
Turner went on to note that JCPL hopes to mitigate the impact of Monday closures by keeping the Online Library available 24/7 and keeping library book drops open to accept the return of materials on Mondays. In addition, the Traveling Children’s Library will continue its regular schedule of visits to Head Start and other preschool locations.
Hours for full service libraries, including Arvada , Belmar, Columbine, Evergreen, Golden, Lakewood and Standley Lake , will remain the same the remainder of the week. However, the community libraries (Conifer, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge), will have a change in hours as noted below.
Tuesday-Thursday 3-9 p.m.
Friday 3-7 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday 12-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 12-5 p.m.
The Bookmobile schedule will also be adjusted and Bookmobile patrons will be informed directly of the new schedule.
“We recognize that these steps will inconvenience our patrons and communities,” added Turner. “However, we believe the Library must balance its budget and live within its means. We are working hard to find ways to restore revenues and services as quickly as we can.”
For more information on the Library’s budget challenges, please visit www.jeffcolibrary.org/stateoflibrary.
For additional information, please visit http://jeffcolibrary.org/locations/MondayClosures.html.