FOLLOWUP: Seattle Public Library branches’ summer hours will continue with only 1 local branch open 7 days a week

Seattle Public Library has just announced its summer schedule – and only one of West Seattle’s four branches will be open seven days a week, High Point; the one that’s currently open daily, Delridge, will join Southwest and West Seattle (Admiral) in being open 6 days a week. The new systemwide schedule starts June 20; the current schedule – originally announced as being in place at least through June 4 – will continue until then. Here’s the new schedule:

Summer Hours schedule effective Thursday, June 20

Delridge Branch

Mon 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tue 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wed Noon to 8 p.m.
Thu Noon to 8 p.m.
Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun Closed

High Point Branch

Mon 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tue 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wed 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thu 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Southwest Branch

Mon 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tue Noon to 8 p.m.
Wed Noon to 8 p.m.
Thu 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat Closed
Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

West Seattle Branch

Mon 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tue Noon to 8 p.m.
Wed Noon to 8 p.m.
Thu 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fri Closed
Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

So why move the closure day from High Point to Delridge? Systemwide, SPL says it made the closure decisions based on maximizing hours at larger, air-conditioned branches. The SPL announcement also notes that our area’s one branch without air conditioning, West Seattle (Admiral), is one of five SPL Carnegie-era branches for which it is seeking federal funding for HVAC modernization. After semi-recent upgrades, the Southwest Branch is now fully air-conditioned.

10 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Seattle Public Library branches' summer hours will continue with only 1 local branch open 7 days a week"

  • Kyle May 23, 2024 (12:40 pm)

    I thought the reduction in hours for staff was temporary? 

  • Sandra May 23, 2024 (4:57 pm)

    It is temporary until the Mayor’s hiring freeze ends and they can refill all their vacancies.  They have been granted an exemption to hire a few temp positions, but they have a ton of permanent vacancies they cannot fill right now as per the City wide hiring freeze. 

    • K May 23, 2024 (6:21 pm)

      It’s not city-wide.  They’re still hiring police, with bonuses even!

      • Anne May 23, 2024 (10:14 pm)

        That’s great!! 

        • Bbron May 23, 2024 (11:47 pm)

          i know! these pesky libraries don’t do anything for society, and i’m sure if we cut their hours to, say, 2 or 3 days a week we could have more money available to sweeten those police bonuses! pair this with a few more school closures, we could increase officer pay even more so those folks with on-the-fence morals will be enticed towards a career in law enforcement :)

        • k May 24, 2024 (9:24 am)

          Sure is!  Once we’re full up on police, we can have roving patrols on every street and lock people up for every infraction until we won’t even need public libraries any more.  There are plenty of books available in prison!

      • Sandra May 24, 2024 (3:17 pm)

        Oh K you are so disconnected 

        • K May 26, 2024 (11:48 am)

          Maybe I could visit a public library, to help me with that.  Oh, wait…  Do cops help connect people?

  • Rhonda May 23, 2024 (8:59 pm)

    Remember how we passed a library levy to EXPAND hours and days?

    • WestSeattleBadTakes May 25, 2024 (2:52 am)

      Remember how we passed lightrail? Probably not, selective amnesia and outrage.

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