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Library to increase hours of operation


Three hours added each week starting July 1

Citing public demand and the need for more consistent opening times, the West Linn Public Library is set to increase its hours of operation by three, from 53 to 56 per week.

The change is effective starting July 1 and will have no financial impact on the library, according to newly installed Director Holly Mercer.

“The awesome thing is that Holly’s fresh eyes to our library structure, hours and division of resposibilities allowed her to add these hours at no additional cost to the library,” Assistant City Manager Kirsten Wyatt said. “Currently, we have staff working before the library opens. Now, the library will open and staff can complete their responsibilities while patrons are using the library.”

Under this new plan, the library will open at 10 a.m. from Monday through Friday and at noon on weekends. The current opening hours are more varied: 11 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; and noon on weekends.

“With the variety of start times during the weekdays, there is confusion among patrons as to the schedule for each day,” Mercer wrote in an email to library board members. “Each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, there are patrons waiting outside the building for the library to open.”

This new schedule aims to remedy that problem and will allow the library to serve an estimated 12,324 additional visitors based on current door counter statistics. The modified opening times are also meant to better serve families who have indicated to library staff that earlier hours are preferable to late closing times.

Based on current data gathered by the library from the 10 to 11 a.m. slots on Thursdays and Fridays, the new schedule will also increase circulation by an estimated 15,000 items per year.

The schedule starting July 1 is:

Monday: 10 a.m. — 8 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. — 8 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. — 8 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.

Saturday: Noon — 5 p.m.

Sunday: Noon — 5 p.m.