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Dallas Public Library extends hours to facilitate better programming, increased staff

“Mariann Mendez has plenty of homework assignments to keep her busy, but completing them is difficult without a computer at home. So she visits the White Rock Hills branch library at least twice a week, she said. As of Jan. 2, the White Rock Hills branch was one of seven libraries in the Dallas Public Library system to extend its hours of operation. The new hours allow the libraries to be open seven days a week in addition to staying open as late as 8 p.m. on weekdays, giving students like Mendez more access to the resources needed to complete schoolwork.” (via Dallas Morning News)

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Libraries in Brooklyn Add Hours and Staff

“Even on a Friday morning, the Macon branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in Bedford-Stuyvesant was buzzing: Every computer was being used, laptops had been lent out, patrons were asking for résumé advice and more than a few people were reading actual books. To accommodate that busyness, which borough librarians say is common to all 60 branches, the borough’s library system will be adding more hours, librarians and other staff members starting Oct. 4, a result of an additional $2.8 million for 2015 from the City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Library hours do not encourage academia

“An essential part of a university experience occurs at the library. It is a place of studying, of commiserating and of learning. Most of all, it offers students a quiet study environment. However, The University of Alabama’s libraries have variable hours that change with activities, especially with football. Gorgas Library, McLure Library and Bruno Business Library, for example, are almost always closed on home football Saturdays. Even the UA library with the most expansive hours, Rodgers Library, closes Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and opens on Sunday at 1 p.m. These hours encourage a culture of cramming and are a symptom of a university that does not emphasize academics first.” (via The Crimson White)

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Library-goers say expanding hours would increase use

“The public clamor for expanded hours at the San Francisco Public Library may be louder than library staff and stakeholders presume, according to a new survey. Sixty-four percent of the nearly 2,500 people surveyed by the library said they would use their branch more if it was open longer. Only 45 percent of library staff and 44 percent of groups associated with the library felt a significantly higher number of patrons would use it, though about a quarter of both groups admitted they didn’t know what effect more hours would have.”

via City Insider

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