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[FEB. 26, 2004]  The Lincoln Public Library District announces a change in its operational hours. Effective April 5, the library's new hours will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

According to Library Director Richard Sumrall the library is unable to generate sufficient revenue to match the escalating costs associated with today's public libraries. The tax cap legislation enacted in Logan County combined with the decline of grants available to fund personnel, utilities, insurance and other essential expenses have forced the library to reduce or eliminate some public services and maintenance responsibilities. Funds have increasingly been diverted from the library materials and library programs budgets to offset the increasing costs.

These new operating hours are in part a response to the decreasing number of patrons using the library during the nighttime hours and will allow the library to reduce certain expenditures and redirect funds to increase the quality of its library collections and public programs for adults and children.

 

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In a move related to these changes, the library continues to offer high-quality public access computers to the public at no charge. To ensure that everyone in the Lincoln community has equal access to these computers, adult users in the Carnegie building will be offered a maximum of two visits or two hours per day, whichever comes first. The public computer access policies in the Children's Room remain the same. These computers offer the latest in basic Microsoft products as well as Internet and e-mail access.

Copies remain at 10 cents each.

For more information on this announcement, please contact Richard Sumrall at 732-8878 or richards@alpha1.rpls.lib.il.us.

[Lincoln Public Library District news release]

 

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