Seattle City Council Passes Option C Funding for The Seattle Public Library

council_header08Today, November 12, 2009, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to increase the General Subfund (GSF) support for library services by $860,000 in 2010.  As described in the Seattle City Council’s green sheet Tab 94, Action 1, Option C, Version 1, “[$860,000] would restore 140 of the library operating hours that would be eliminated per the 2010 Proposed Budget.  Increasing GSF support for library services by $860,000 would also allow the Library Board to reinstate some of the 27 staff positions (18.8 FTE [Full Time]) that would be eliminated under the 2010 Proposed Budget.”

The new operating hours for The Seattle Public Library will look like this with Option C as per the Seattle City Council’s green sheet Tab 94, Action 1, Option C, Version 1

 Central:

  • Hours remain at the current seven day, 62 hour weekly schedule

Ballard, Beacon Hill, Broadview, Capitol Hill, Douglass-Truth, Greenwood, Lake City, Northeast, Rainier Beach, Southwest and West Seattle:

  • Open 7 Days per week (60 hours per week): 
  • Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 8 pm;
  • Friday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm;
  • Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm

Columbia, Delridge, Fremont, Green Lake, High Point, International District/Chinatown, Madrona-Sally Goldmark, Magnolia, Montlake, NewHolly, Northgate, Queen Anne, South Park, University and Wallingford:

  • Open 5 Days per week (35 hours per week, closed Friday and Sunday): 
  • Monday – Tuesday, 1 pm – 8 pm;
  • Wednesday – Thursday, 11 am – 6 pm;
  • Friday:  CLOSED;
  • Saturday 10 am – 6 pm;
  • Sunday:  CLOSED

7 thoughts on “Seattle City Council Passes Option C Funding for The Seattle Public Library

  1. With most people working Monday through Friday, wouldn’t it have been a better option to close the library another weekday to keep it open on both weekend days?

  2. Well, that’s a lot better than the situation was before. It doesn’t look, among other things, as if there will be any furlough in 2010, unless something really screwy happens. OTOH, my “main” library, the University Branch, is one of the ones that is going to be closed Fridays and Sundays(sigh). Well, I guess you can’t have everything, and we will just have to keep working to restore funding.
    Anne G

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  4. It used to be that only the downtown library was open Sundays while SPL branches were closed. Personally, I wish the council had juggled the funding and reinstituted that schedule so that ALL branches were closed on Sundays but open on Fridays.

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