January 23, 2022

Milwaukee: Central Library to Trim Hours, Branches’ Librarian Service

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Hours at Milwaukee’s Central Library will be trimmed starting at the end of the year and librarian service will be cut at six branches.

Beginning right after Christmas, the Central Library will open at noon on Mondays instead of 9 a.m. Hours for the rest of the week will not change.

[Our emphasis] While hours will remain the same at six branches, librarians will not be available to help people until noon at Bay View, East, Villard Square, Washington Park, Zablocki and Center St. libraries.


The number of visits to Milwaukee libraries has increased 14% to date this year while circulation is up 8%.

The cuts will save the Milwaukee Public Library about $300,000 a year.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.