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March 16, 2012 > Milpitas Library to maintain seven-day service

Milpitas Library to maintain seven-day service

Submitted By Melinda Cervantes and Derek Wolfgram

Funding cuts are forcing Milpitas Public Library to reduce its operation hours by 18 percent, beginning April 1. However, Santa Clara County Library District officials assure Milpitas Library patrons that they can continue to expect quality services at their library, which they have managed to keep open seven days a week.

"The Milpitas Library provides extraordinary services and I commend Library staff for looking at the best possible alternatives to keep it open every day," said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Dave Cortese, District 3, where the library is located. "I am pleased to see how proactive our Library staff is to ensure residents are able to use the library and its many resources every day of the week."

Since August 2005, the City of Milpitas has funded staff positions to extend the Milpitas Library hours at a cost of approximately $400,000 per year. However, the economic downturn has impacted City contributions to the library and funding for extra hours is no longer possible. On February 21, the Milpitas City Council voted to discontinue funding for Library hours effective April 1.

"We are extremely grateful for the generous contributions the Milpitas Library has received from the City of Milpitas for over six years," said Derek Wolfgram, Deputy County Librarian for Santa Clara County Library. "As the City is no longer able to sustain funding for library staff positions, we are working diligently to continue to support as many service hours as possible with the resources that are available to us."

Recently, library staff reviewed hour-by-hour usage data and conducted surveys for both Library resident and non-resident users. Staff learned that members of the Milpitas community prefer a seven-day service and consider evening hour usage very important.

"We realized that by reducing less busy morning hours three days per week, the Library could make more efficient use of its limited staff by only opening for a single work shift each day," said Linda Arbaugh, Milpitas Community Librarian. "We are keeping the Library open at the most convenient times for our patrons."

The Library will open at 1 p.m., instead of 10 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and will close at 6 p.m. on Thursdays, instead of the current 9 p.m. closing time. The new schedule will be:

NEW Milpitas Library Hours (effective April 1, 2012):
Monday - Wednesday: 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: noon - 6 p.m.

CURRENT Milpitas Library schedule (until March 31, 2012):
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Milpitas Public Library
160 N. Main Street, Milpitas
(408) 262-1171

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