All locations of The Seattle Public Library reopen today, Tuesday, Sept. 8, after a weeklong systemwide furlough. All services were shut down, including the Web site, and all book drops were locked.
The systemwide closure, along with other cuts, helped the Library meet a 2 percent budget reduction – about $1 million – this year. The closure saved approximately $655,000.
The closure meant salary reductions for about 700 employees who were not paid during the furlough week. An additional $350,000 in cuts – which included management and administration layoffs, extending the staff computer replacement schedule and reducing the training budget, have also been implemented.
All four West Seattle branches are open 1-8 pm today (here’s the page you can use to find any branch citywide). Meantime, the Friends of Seattle Public Library group is still collecting responses to its survey on the library system’s value, as part of its “Neighborhood Report” – if you haven’t already, you can join in here.