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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library to expand hours at 12 community locations

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Library users who have struggled to remember when their branch is open will soon have an easier time remembering, thanks to an increase in hours at the 12 community libraries.

The goal is to expand hours and simplify them, say Charlotte Mecklenburg Library officials.

"The most consistent feedback we hear from customers is that they want more library hours, and that our current library hours are confusing," says David Singleton, Director of Libraries.

"The new hours will help improve access and normalize our schedule."

The 12 community libraries -- Hickory Grove, Mountain Island, Myers Park, Plaza Midwood, Scaleybark, Steele Creek, Sugar Creek, West Boulevard, Matthews, Davidson, Cornelius and Mint Hill -- will expand service to include a full fifth day beginning April 1, 2013.

Most of them are currently closed on Mondays, and close at 7pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

They will now be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am-8pm; and Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm.

This brings the Library system to about 62% of the hours it was open at its peak in January 2010.

The Library's six regional locations (North County, South County, University City, Beatties Ford Road, Morrison and Independence), Main Library and ImaginOn will continue their current schedules.

In consultation with Mecklenburg County leadership, the Library has determined that sufficient funding is available within the Library's current FY13 budget to fund the expanded hours.

Positions will be posted in the coming days on the Library and County websites.

For more information about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, visit www.cmlibrary.org

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