Extend library hours?
A member of the Summit County Council says the library at Kimball Junction should be open for a few hours each Sunday.
The Snyderville Basin branch is currently closed Sundays. The library in Park City is open Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
"It may not work right now with budget cuts and that sort of thing. But I want to look at the options because I think it’s a service that the county residents want at that library," Summit County Councilman John Hanrahan said. "I’m hoping we can do it inexpensively, but it has to go through a lot of processes first."
Library officials have considered opening the Basin branch for a half-day on Sundays. The library is located at 6505 N. Landmark Drive
"I think four hours would be fine. It lets kids get in there for schoolwork on Monday. It gives people another option to get there outside of their work hours," Hanrahan said. "I think it’s worked well at the Park City Library for their patrons, and I think our patrons would like it as well."
The county’s West Side library opened in the Sheldon Richins Building about a decade ago. The Summit County Library Board favors opening the branch on Sundays, according to Summit County Library Board Chairwoman Rebecca Felton.
"It’s the one thing that is just sort of missing with the county system right now," Felton said in a telephone interview. "I don’t think that we would be looking at all day We might have to open with limited hours and expand those as money becomes available"
"Financially, it is going to be a little bit of a leap because we will have to staff an additional day of the week," Felton said. "That staff number is what we’re looking at right now."
Board members strongly support Sunday hours for the Snyderville Basin branch, Felton said.
"The county doesn’t have the budget for us to add staff at this time, and that’s what that would require," she said. "The other number that we’re looking at right now is what sort of traffic does the Park City Library get on Sundays."
Meanwhile, according to Felton, "there was a strong feeling that the Kamas and Coalville branches just would not be utilized on Sunday."
"I think everyone realizes that the way to begin this process is with our main branch," she said. "We have people who just simply wouldn’t visit the library on Sundays. They are doing other things."
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