Fulton County Commission Chairman John H. Eaves has announce that the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will unveil a plan to restore Friday hours by re-allocating existing library resources. As an end result, 12 library branches will be open on Fridays and seven branches will have hours during every day of the week. The move would come after numerous requests from the library patrons to ensure facilities provide the public with additional access to library resources.
“We began to take a long look at additional changes to hours after hearing from the general public that they wanted more access,” Eaves said.
As a result of county budget cuts, hours at county libraries were reduced following the passage of the 2014 Fulton County Budget. Under the proposal, county libraries would not add more staff or hours but shift hours of operation at some locations. While decisions are still pending on which branches will be impacted, the goal of the changes is to provide library facilities to patrons in all areas of the county.
If implemented, the changes could take effect as soon as Aug. 1.