Earlier this year, after much wrangling, advocates for the city’s public library systems were able to restore many of the billions of dollar set to be cut from budgets of the New York, Queens and Brooklyn libraries. The Brooklyn Public Library, whose branches were previously open during banking hours, more or less, on Mondays through Saturdays, chose to drop down to five-day-a-week service rather than lay off employees
But, curiously, as the Brooklyn Paper reports, that day is Saturday—more than two dozen BPL branches are down to weekday service only (meanwhile, the Central Library and two other large branches have restored Sunday service).
Does it make sense to close libraries on weekends, when actual working people and students have more time to use them? Wouldn’t it make more sense to stay open on Saturdays and stagger weekday closings across different nearby branches? Thoughts, anyone?