Arlington Heights Memorial Library to Start Extended Hours on Saturdays and Sundays; Pilot Program from March to December 2016

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The Arlington Heights Memorial Library — beginning in March 2016 — will be open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and will open an hour earlier (11 a.m.) on Sundays.

The expanded hours is a $125,000 pilot program that involves a budgeting adjustment that will not increase taxes.

Currently, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library closes at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and opens at noon on Sunday.

“We are excited. It’s really all about being able to expand access and realize that everyone has busy lives and differing schedules.”

— Jason Kuhl, Executive Director

The $125,000 predominantly will provide extra funding to staff the library building, which will incur only minimal costs to keep open for the extended hours.

The library is responding to a recent general survey of library patrons that indicated that many residents wished the library offered more hours in which to visit on the weekends.

Library officials launched a second survey, asking patrons what specific weekend days and times they would prefer to use the library.

The pilot program of extended hours will run until the end of 2016.

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library was recently recognized with the highest rating in a national ranking called “America’s Star Libraries,” which is released annually by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service.

The high rating, which was a 5-star rating, was awarded to only 1.1 percent of public libraries across the United States.

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