Budget cuts by DeKalb County’s government have resulted in shorter hours for libraries beginning April 4, cancellation of magazine subscriptions and doing without new books.
The system’s Brookhaven branch at 1242 North Druid Hills Road will see drastic changes in its schedule. At present, the branch is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. As of April 4, however, the branch will no longer be open Friday or Saturday.
The Dunwoody branch at 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road will sustain a milder cut, losing three hours on Wednesday.
The budget for materials with be cut to $100,000 as compared with about $2.4 million in fiscal year 2008.
This will noticeably shrink “the number of new books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks the Library will be able to purchase this year,” according to a statement by the DeKalb County Public Library Board of Trustees. “Patrons also will see fewer newspaper and magazine subscriptions available in the branches and fewer electronic resources on the library system’s website as subscriptions come up for renewal.”