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Hillsboro libraries get new hours, new names Sept. 15

COURTESY PHOTO - Hillsboro's Main Library will officially become Brookwood Library on Sept. 15.What’s in a name?

As far as the two libraries in Hillsboro go, there’s been enough confusion with names that it was time to do something — and come Sept. 15, library officials will be clearing up that confusion.

The library located on Northeast Brookwood Parkway will become Brookwood Library and the Shute Park Branch on Southeast Tenth Avenue becomes Shute Park Library.

Along with the name changes, both libraries will have the same operating hours.

For a long time, the library at Shute Park was the only library in town and some patrons still think of it as the city’s “main” library. To add to the confusion, Brookwood Parkway used to be called Shute Road.

“Both libraries are near parks. We sometimes need to go through a bunch of questions with patrons to make sure we’re really talking about the same library they are talking about,” said library director Stephanie Chase. “The name changes also better reflect the city’s commitment to neighborhood libraries and neighborhood library service.”

Brookwood and Shute Park libraries vary in size and scope of programs, but the goal, Chase said, “is to really serve the community it covers. No one facility is more important than another — something we felt was implied by the ‘main/branch’ naming conventions.”

“With the hours changing, we thought it would be a great opportunity to clear up this confusion,” said Sigrid Sharif, public information liaison.

“While there will be some details to work out, (programming on Friday evenings, for example), we feel confident that this change will be good for patrons and for staff.”

Both libraries will operate for 64 hours each week, which adds four hours of service at Shute Park Library, Sharif said.

NEWS LIBRARY HOURS

New hours at Shute Park and Brookwood libraries effective Sept. 15 are:

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  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.