Starting July 6, the Downtown Eugene Public Library will be open on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Previously, the Downtown Library opened at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays.
The reduction in open hours is one of the cost-saving measures taken to balance the City of Eugene budget for the coming year (FY15). The plan was developed by the Budget Committee, proposed by City Manager Jon Ruiz, and approved by the City Council on Monday, June 9.
The new budget’s effects on Eugene Public Library services are: Bethel Branch will remain open; Sheldon Branch will remain open for one year while options for future funding are explored; and the Downtown Library will be open fewer hours on Sundays.
Hours at the Library’s Bethel and Sheldon branches, and all outside book returns, will not change. Open hours at the Bethel and Sheldon branches were previously reduced as part of the 2012 budget.
According to Library Director Connie Bennett, “The decision to reduce these particular hours at the Downtown location was based on an analysis of patterns of public use. Our goals included ensuring as much access as possible to library services, and best using tax dollars to meet community needs in a fiscally sustainable manner.”