January 27, 2022

Free Library of Philadelphia Could Expand Hours Under New Budget

From Newsworks/WHYY:

Free Library President Siobhan Reardon says her goal is to expand hours and offer some weekend time for people to come into the library.

“We are going to open one library per councilmanic district a sixth day, so that will be 10 libraries will be open on Saturday and two additional libraries will be open on Sunday,” she explained.

Reardon says the expanding online operation will not replace paper books.

“We have a long long, long, long, long way before you see the tactile material disappear, but so we’re in this moderating zone right now, knowing we have to go in the direction of far more electronic databases and e-material.”

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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.