PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library has announced its new hours of operation for 2013, which will increase both the number of days and the total number of hours that its services will be available.
Beginning Wednesday (Jan. 2), the Palmdale City Library’s hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday, from 10 am to 8 pm; Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm; and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm.
In December, the Palmdale City Council voted unanimously to contract staffing services with Library Systems & Services, LLC (LSSI). The City maintains ownership of the building, the collection, the equipment and the furnishings, and oversight continues to be provided by the Board of Library Trustees.
“LSSI has a proven history of public library operations and is the only company in the nation to provide such service,” said Palmdale City Manager Dave Childs. “LSSI currently provides public library services in 79 communities across the country.”
“By contracting with LSSI, we have been able to reduce the annual operating cost of the Library by 5 percent, while adding 17 hours of operation, going from 41 to 58 hours a week—a 40 percent increase,” Childs said. “It also allowed us to reopen for seven days instead of five, and will allow us to re-introduce programs that we were forced to suspend when the economy went south in 2008.”
“We’ll also be able to expand our collections of new books and other materials by leveraging the purchasing power of a large organization,” added Childs.
For more information, call the Palmdale City Library at 661-267-5600 or visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/library.