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  • Three library locations to adjust hours starting Sept. 12

    Aug 12, 2016 | Read More News
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    Sahuarita LibraryMeeting the changing needs of the community is at the heart of Pima County Public Library’s mission to transform lives. By regularly evaluating Library hours, programs, and services, PCPL makes timely adjustments allowing for outstanding customer service across Pima County’s 9,200 square miles. 

    Monthly activity measures and data gathered from a recent market study have led to the decision to modify open hours at three libraries – Joel D. Valdez Main, Dewhirst-Catalina, and Sahuarita –   beginning September 12, 2016.

    Usage patterns at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library indicate very little use after 6pm and these figures have remained consistent over several years. Beginning September 12, the Main Library will close at 6pm instead of 8pm Monday through Wednesday. It will still open at 9am on those days and Thursday through Sunday hours will remain the same.

    The Dewhirst-Catalina Library serves a large retiree population with more than 50% of users aged 65+. It is regularly crowded throughout the morning, but has few visitors in the evening. Beginning September 12, the Dewhirst-Catalina Library Tuesday hours will shift from 10am-7pm to 9am-6pm. All other days will remain the same. 

    Five large schools are located within a half-mile radius to the Sahuarita Library, which serves a large number of families with young children. However, despite programming efforts, Saturdays have the lowest number of visitors per open hour than any other day of the week. Beginning September 12, the Sahuarita Library will be closed on Saturdays, but will open from 10am-6pm on Mondays, allowing for more direct interaction with nearby school-aged children. All other days will remain the same. 

    For a full list of Library locations and hours, please visit the Library's websiteor call (520) 791-4010. 

    Of the upcoming hours adjustment, Library Director, Melinda Cervantes, says, “PCPL is always looking for ways to maximize efficiency, while expanding and improving the ways in which we serve the community. We’re confident that these adjustments will have many positive impacts, including directing more resources to our teen 101Space, our nonprofit and job help programming, and our ongoing dedication to early childhood literacy.” 

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