Brooklyn Public Library announced it would be extending its hours of operation at 66 percent of its branches across the borough, beginning in October of this year.
This expansion is made possible by $2.8M in new funding from the mayor’s office and the city council. Around 40 branches will now offer six- or seven-day service, including Saturday service and extended evening hours– a total expansion of more than 200 extra hours each week, for an average of 45 hours per week. Beginning Oct. 4, the number of branches offering six- or seven- day service will increase from 25 to 41. The number of branches offering Saturday service will increase from 39 to 47, and additional evening hours will be added at many locations.
To support the added hours, BPL will be hiring new librarians, public safety officers and custodians; investing in clerical staff with new promotional opportunities and professional development; and introducing a new Technology Training team to facilitate instruction, interaction and experimentation with digital tools.
“We hope Brooklynites will take advantage of our extraordinary programs and materials, from storytimes for children and English for Speakers of Other Languages classes, to books and technology,”said Linda E. Johnson, president & CEO of Brooklyn Public Library.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the City Council and Administration so that one day soon we can achieve our ultimate goal of providing 7-day service at branches throughout the borough,”
Details on new hours of service can be found here.