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IMCPL Announces Reduced Hours of Service Effective October 3, 2010

September 14, 2010

Reduction in hours will save $1.5 million and keep all branches open

In order to bring its operating budget in line with reduced property tax revenues, the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library has announced a 26 percent reduction in public service hours systemwide to take effect as of Sunday, October 3, 2010.

Based on recommendations of the bi-partisan High Performance Government Team, the reduction in hours will result in a savings of approximately $1.5 million and will allow IMCPL to achieve the goal of keeping all library branches open in 2011. The savings, however, represent only a portion of what is needed to reconcile a projected $4 million revenue shortfall as a result of property tax caps and lower-than-anticipated property tax collections. Other savings will come from various areas, including a $1 million reduction in the Library's books and materials budget, along with reductions in such activities as printing, postage, utilities and data communications. In addition, modest revenue enhancements will result from higher fees for such items as failure to pick up holds and replacing library cards.

Changes at a glance:

"The new schedule is directly responsive to the public's call for keeping libraries open while we work to achieve the necessary savings to sustain services," stated Laura Bramble, IMCPL CEO. "The hours of service are staggered so that patrons will have a close alternative if their home branch is closed on a particular day," she added.

View Public Service Hours Starting October 3, 2010