Beginning March 2, the D.C. Public Library will operate with reduced service hours to accommodate the city’s lower-than-expected revenue projections.
“The city’s $250 million projected loss in tax-revenue this fiscal year means that the library is likely not to receive the funding it anticipated,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the D.C. Public Library.
The library has been working to maintain its current operating schedule since October 2008. So far this fiscal year, the library has spent nearly $280,000 in overtime costs. In addition, some locations have been closed partially or completely for lack of staff.
Library staff are working double and triple shifts as the library’s use has increased.