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Lawrence County Public Library to Close for One Week

posted May 13, 2016, 11:24 AM by Lawrence County Public Library
(Moulton, AL), (May 13, 2016) – In order to best conserve funds for the fiscal year, the Lawrence County Public Library began implementing service changes the week of August 24, 2015. These changes included closing the library at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays, ending Fax, Copy & Print services 15 minutes prior to close, and locking the entrance five minutes prior to close to allow staff to assist remaining patrons on making their final selections. The local personnel budget form the county appropriation was cut by 28%, from $32,000 per year to $23,000 at the beginning of fiscal year 2016. An additional 45% has been cut from this appropriation since the beginning of the fiscal year. With the latest cut in funding, the library released one employee. Due to this, the library is dependent on supplementing employee hours with volunteer hours in order to remain open 40 hours per week.

In order to remain compliant with State guidelines for receiving State Aid, the Lawrence County Public Library must remain open 40 hours per week the weeks the library is open or forfeit State Aid. To assist with keeping the library on budget for fiscal year 2016, the library must close a minimum of four weeks during the year in addition to the cost saving measures. Previously, the library shutdown one week during Thanksgiving and two during Christmas. The library will be closed beginning Monday, May 30 through Friday, June 3, 2016. The library will reopen Monday, June 6 at 9:30 a.m.

Our digital library through Camellia.Net will remain open 24/7. If you have not stopped by the library to get set up for Camellia, please take the opportunity to do so.

No fines will accrue during the week the library is closed.

While the library regrets having to make these changes, these changes will assist the Lawrence County Public Library in serving the residents of Lawrence County under current financial constraints.