L.A. libraries reopen for Monday service
The Monday restoration comes thanks to voters' approval last March of Measure L, which did not raise fees or taxes but increased the amount of property tax assessments dedicated to library operations.
Over four years, the amount of money transferred annually to the system is expected to rise from just under $80 million to $130 million.
Ravaged by budget cuts and layoffs, the system dropped to a five-day-a-week schedule last July 19, with doors closed on Sundays and Mondays at all of the city's library branches.
The cutbacks came after the city in 2007 finished a 15-year building program that expanded the number of libraries from 63 to 73 and more than doubled the total library space citywide.
In 2009-10, visits dipped to 16 million, probably because of the Sunday and Monday closures, officials said.
-- Gale Holland
Photo: The Los Angeles Public Library on the corner of 39th Street and Western Avenue. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times.