New Library Hours Take Effect Today

by ARLnow.com July 3, 2012 at 11:23 am 4,151 7 Comments

(Updated at 11:35 a.m.) Six Arlington branch libraries will be open an extra day per week starting this week, thanks to additional library funding approved earlier this year.

The Aurora Highlands, Cherrydale and Glencarlyn branch libraries are now scheduled to be open on Tuesdays from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m., while the Columbia Pike, Shirlington and Westover libraries are now scheduled to be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays.

From July 1, 2010 to last week, all six libraries had been closed on those respective days due to budget cuts. This year’s budget included an extra $442,996 in funding to restore pre-recession branch library operating hours.

Due to power outages, the Cherrydale library is actually closed today. Other branches, including Aurora Highlands, Glencarlyn, Columbia Pike, Shirlington and Westover, opened early today in order to function as cooling centers.

The libraries and other Arlington County government offices and facilities will be closed tomorrow for the July 4 holiday.

Update at 3:40 p.m. — The Columbia Pike branch library now has power and has reopened. Arlington Central Library will be open tomorrow (July 4) from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

  • ACLS Janitorial Staff

    The extra library hours will not affect our furniture disinfecting schedule: once per year, whether needed or not.

    • MC 703


    • MrClean

      What’s the deal with the cleaning? i’ve seen this comment thrown around a couple times. what back story am I missing?

      • MrsClean

        Someone asked how often the equipment at the libraries was cleaned, especially given the heavy and vibrant usage the libraries have received during Ampageddon.

  • ACDC Hack

    Ah yes but we still have Artisphere !!

  • Ali

    Happy to hear it as my holds always seemed to come in on Tuesdays when the library used to be closed.

    • Ren

      I know! It always seemed to happen that way. I’m always busy Wednesday nights (when I pretend I’m a librarian and send books to prisoners), Thursday’s a ‘no’, Friday doesn’t work due to no evening hours, and then if I’m doing something on the weekend, I’m screwed.

      Personally, if they close a day, I vote for Wednesday, the busiest night of the week.


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