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Library Will be Open Six Additional Hours Each Week

The busiest library in the county system will be open three hours earlier on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The , the in the Santa Clara County library system, just added six more hours to its open-for-business sign.

The library will now open at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, which is three hours earlier.

“The city of Cupertino is very fortunate (to be able to) fund six more additional hours as other cities are cutting back,” said . “It is a team work of our city staff, the community members and the Santa Clara County District that we are able to provide extra library hours and keep the library open seven days a week.”

At the City Council’s June 23 meeting, an additional $123,000 was approved for the library for the 2011-12 fiscal year for the additional six weekly hours.

For the past several years, the library had been open for 60 hours a week. Now, book lovers can visit 66 hours a week.

The Santa Clara County Library funds 54 hours of weekly library service for the Cupertino library, and for the past several years the city has contributed $246,000 to extend service to 60 weekly hours.

“Our libraries continue to experience a high demand for services, and we are very grateful to partners and supporters such as the city of Cupertino for allowing us to expand the time patrons have to visit and discover new services with help from our staff,” said Melinda Cervantes, Santa Clara County Library director. “More than ever,
library users appreciate the access they have to our robust collection of print, media, and online resources, and the diverse programs the library district offers to the community.”

The library will now be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Previously the library opened at 1 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Bay City News Service contributed to this article

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