Cut In Funding Causes Trustees to Close Library on Sundays Effective February 1st

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The Metuchen Public Library will cut its operating hours, closing on Sundays and some holidays to compensate for budget shortfalls.

 

The Library's Board of Trustees decided to close the Library on Sundays effective Feb. 1, 2014. Check out other budget issues in this article from the Sentinel.

 

The Library is currently open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays between Labor Day and Memorial Day. The Library is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and closed on Sundays from mid-June through Labor Day. The Library will also now be closed on Lincoln's Birthday, Election Day and Veterans Day.

The Library's funding was cut each of the past four years and is down another $18,958 for 2014, resulting in a total reduction of $93,675, or a 13.4% decrease since 2009. 

Faced with budget shortfalls, the Library has laid off all library pages and looked for every other possible way to cut spending without reducing public services during the past few years. The reduction in funding and staffing makes it increasingly difficult to maintain public services. With the new schedule, staff hours can be reallocated to ensure that patrons continue to receive quality service.

 

The Metuchen Public Library is open 62 hours per week between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Closing on Sundays will cut a total of four operating hours per week. 

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