August 31, 2014

Brooklyn Public Library Increases Hours 21 Percent

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) announced Thursday that a total of 441 hours will be added to weekly branch schedules starting September 10, increasing the average number of open hours per branch from 35.8 to 43.4 hours per week, a 21 percent increase. The number of branches offering at least six-day service will increase from 16 to 32, representing more than half the neighborhood branches..

In recent years BPL implemented several efficiencies such as an automated computer reservation system, discontinuing the use of cash and moving to online payment of fines, and centralizing book and materials orders so that items arrive at branches pre-processed and ready to borrow.

“The library made a number of operational changes which, when aggregated, reduced the amount of time library staff needed to spend on administrative tasks,” said Interim Executive Director Linda E. Johnson in a press release.

Michael Kelley About Michael Kelley

Michael Kelley (mkelley@mediasourceinc.com) is the former Editor-in-Chief, Library Journal.

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