Mondays will be restored to L.A. Public Library schedules
The Los Angeles Public Library, which curtailed its hours to meet the constraints of severe city budget cuts, will be reopening on Mondays. The mayor, City Council members and City Librarian Martín Gómez will kick off the newly restored Mondays with a news conference Monday at the Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles.
In March, voters passed Measure L, which set aside funds from the general budget to support library services. All 73 libraries in the L.A. Public Library system will be able to be open again on Mondays, beginning July 18.
In August 2010, the L.A. Public Library shut the doors of its libraries on Mondays and cut hours, following cuts to the library's budget. The hours libraries have been open ever since are at the lowest level, the library says, in its 140-year history. During the next four years, funds from Measure L will restore library service hours to their 2009 levels.
Measure L was passed with 63% of the vote.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: The Chinatown Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times