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July 12, 2014

Library seeks input on hours of operation

— As part of the preparation to move into the new library building on Jefferson Street, the Athens-Limestone Public Library is seeking input from the public about its future hours of operation.  The Athens-Limestone Public Library currently has a staggered schedule with late hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and open hours on Saturday.

The library is currently open 47 hours per week. The facility is unable to add open hours, but it can tailor the hours available to meet user demand. 

The trick, said Athens-Limestone Public Library director Paula Laurita, is to determine what evening the public wants the library open and if the public desires basic library services on Sundays. 

“We’re busy all the time,” she said. “The evening and weekend hours are convenient for students and those who work during the daytime hours.”

To help paint an accurate picture of what the community wants, Laurita is asking for input via an online survey. The survey has only eight questions and provides the opportunity for the public to design their own 47 hour per week schedule.

Laurita said the survey’s purpose is to assess the community’s desire for open hours. The questions relate to opening and closing times, possibly adding Sunday hours, and determining what hours might be cut from other days that will affect the least amount of users.

“People really care about their library,” she said, adding the library has already received hundreds of responses. 

The library will be accepting survey results through Aug. 15. The survey can be accessed from the link on the library’s website,

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