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City Beat: Central Library serves as a lifeline, living room

October 16, 2012 |  3:46 pm

L.A.'s public libraries have been through  lean years. They're now coming out of them, slowly, phase by phase.

CitybeatIn March 2011, city voters passed Measure L, which increased the library system's share of city funds. It also promised to restore library hours, which had been cut back in 2009 and 2010.

In July 2011, the city's libraries reopened again on Mondays. 

This Monday, they got back hours on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings.

The mayor came to the Central Library on Monday morning to announce the restored hours. Ironically though, the news conference delayed the library's regular opening.

The library was due to open at 10 a.m. It stayed shut until 11:30 a.m. Many library regulars were annoyed.

 By then, of course, plenty of people were waiting to get in. There's a line every morning at the Flower Street entrance.

For my next City Beat, I visit with some of those who rely on the Central Library's services. Here's what I sent out on Twitter from the scene:


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-- Nita Lelyveld

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