Friday, March 4, 2016

ALERT - Library Hours Changing...


Beginning Sunday, March 13th, the hours for the Library will be changing to the following:

Monday - Thursday:  7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday:                       7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:                   CLOSED
Sunday:                     2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

These will be the new hours for both the Fall and Spring semesters.  New Summer hours will be:

Monday - Thursday:  7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday - Sunday:        CLOSED

Between semesters, and generally on days when classses are not in session, our hours will continue to be 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday [but always check our website for more info]. Between the end of the Spring semester and the beginning of the Fall semester, the College is typically closed on Fridays.

The Library has maintained a significantly larger schedule than many other community college libraries in Illinois, even some that are considerably larger than Lake Land. When our head count numbers were high, we felt that we should keep those hours - and even as we saw those numbers begin to drop as more resources became available online, and as college enrollments began to stabilize and then decline, we had kept the extended hours. And despite surveys that showed students wanted even more open hours, we have continued to see in-person usage numbers decline.

But the desire to maintain a large number of open hours had to be balanced against the need to be fiscally responsible with our budget and with College resources. So as reducing hours and staffing costs became a more urgent need, we looked at the times when the building is being used the most, and the new schedule is an attempt to stay open during times when we see the most foot traffic, and to concentrate our staffing during those hours. So we hope that the compromise will address both physical AND fiscal needs, and prevent the need to reduce staffing further.

Thank you for your understanding of the need to make this adjustment, and please let us know what else we can do to help you adjust to the changes the new schedule brings.

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