May 22, 2022

San Francisco Library Commission Considers Extending SFPL Hours

From The San Francisco Chronicle:

What would it cost to keep all 28 San Francisco Public Library branches open seven days a week? It adds up to about $3 million more per year for 31 more full-time employees, according to a budget proposal presented at a recent Library Commission meeting.


Tacking on about 116 weekly hours to provide service every day is one of three options being considered by the commission, which will vote to approve a two-year budget plan next month.


A second option would add 86 total weekly hours and 21.5 full-time employees, costing $2.1 million per year.


ome staff attending the commission meeting weren’t convinced that the number of new hires proposed by the library would be enough to meet the numbers. West Portal branch librarian Melissa Riley said she worried more hours could stretch library resources too thin.

“You want to have really great service, not just more hours,” Riley said.

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