Saturday, September 26, 2009

Our Hours are Changing!


Beginning on Sunday October 4th, Central Library will have new hours of operation. Our branch will now be open during the following hours:


Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Why are our hours changing? Well, The Calcasieu Parish Public Library is introducing a change in service hours for all 14 locations. The changes are a result of the 2008-2012 Bridges for Calcasieu Strategic Plan. This plan is a culmination of a 7-month effort by a panel of 20 stakeholders in Calcasieu Parish, coordinating with National Library Consultants Sandra Nelson and June Garcia, all levels of library staff, and approved by the Library Board of Control in July, 2008.


Acting on the Organizational Structure Initiative to conduct a review of service hours, research was done in 2008 and 2009 in which hourly checkouts, computer usage and walk-ins were tracked to determine when and how citizens used the library facilities.The changes indicate how patrons use the libraries. The hours of the past were decided before the internet revolution, which provides access to the library resources and services 24/7. Library users can now manage their accounts 24/7 by phone or internet.


The new hours reflect a 20.5 hour increase in service across the board, and standardize opening and closing times. Any questions or concerns about the changes may be directed to library administration by calling 721-7147 or complete this Contact Us Form.

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