Memo for fiscal year 2017, updated 2016-04-14

[Archived] Can you please provide the operating budget impact for potential library hour expansion proposals?

The potential library hour expansion proposals are as follows:

From FY 2001 – 2009, the Alexandria Library offered Sunday service at the Beatley and Barrett libraries. In response to the economic crisis and recession, the Library closed the Barrett Branch on Sundays in FY 2010 as a budget reduction based on patron usage and cost/benefit analysis. In FY 2011, the Alexandria Library reduced branch hours from 65 to 50 hours per week, central library hours from 69 to 63 hours per week, and Local History Library hours from 65 to 30 per week. In FY 2013, the library received funding to increase branch hours to 52 and Special Collections/Local History to 39.

In order to efficiently run Sunday library service (four hours on Sundays at the three branch libraries), the total cost would be approximately $80,000 including personnel, utilities and janitorial services costs.

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In order to restore evening hours at the Library branches, 2.6 FTEs would be required, at a cost of $242,869. With the additional funds, the Library would increase hours from 52 hours to 59 per week at the branches. According to usage statistics in FY 2009, the morning hour from 9 to 10 a.m. was not highly utilized, and the Library does not feel that it would be necessary to restore those hours. The majority of libraries in the surrounding jurisdictions do not open before 10 AM.

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If library hours are restored, the following services would be available:

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