LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Thanks to funds increased by voter-approved Measure L, Los Angeles city libraries are back to operating six days a week.
Starting Monday, hours on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings are being restored at the 73 city libraries across Los Angeles.
The new hours for the Central library are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It will be closed on Sundays and holidays. At branch libraries, the new hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. They will also be closed on Sundays and holidays.
The Robertson Branch is closed on Saturdays and holidays and open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“Libraries are vital neighborhood resources,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement. “It pained me greatly to make the decision to reduce library hours in 2010.”
Library hours were reduced in August 2010 because of severe cuts to the city budget. Measure L increased the share of city funding to libraries without raising taxes. The first phase of Measure L was reopening all libraries on Mondays. The final phase of Measure L will reopen nine libraries on Sundays in 2014.