Friday, November 7, 2014 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego - Making good on his commitment to create One San Diego through ensuring quality neighborhood services for every community, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today joined members of the San Diego Public Library, Library Foundation and students from America's Finest Charter School in City Heights to celebrate the start of new library hours that are the most expansive in a decade at all San Diego Public Library locations.
Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer said, "Today we're closing the book on the service cuts our library system has faced over the years. We're starting a new chapter of opportunity for our city. We're restoring library hours - and putting our vision of One San Diego into action."
Councilmember Marti Emerald said, "Libraries change the lives and communities they serve. The additional hours allow our dedicated library staff to extend that service to the times people need their libraries the most."
Public Library Deputy Director Bruce Johnson said, "We are excited to implement the Mayor's new hours. The revised schedule restores the hours that were reduced during earlier budget challenges. We are pleased that we now have the most hours the San Diego Public Library has had in 10 years."
San Diego Friends of the Library President Joan Curry said, "We support the San Diego Public Library and the new hours. We know how important these hours are to students for homework assignments, young families who come into the libraries during the day, working adults who need to come after work or on the weekends, and seniors who go to their local branches for recreation and lifelong learning."
Library Foundation Chair Amy Valeiras said, "The San Diego Public Library Foundation was a strong advocate for the addition of hours at the Central Library and all branches. We're deeply grateful to the Mayor and Council for their partnership in building a healthy library system that is seeing a major renaissance. The Library Foundation is more effective in attracting private contributions for the library system when there is clear public-sector support for these essential services."
The Mayor's One San Diego budget funds an additional 203 hours of library service hours per week citywide that go into effect Saturday, November 8. The funding that was released in April as a part of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget also restores core branch library hours to 48 hours per week for the first time since 2003 and expands library services on weekends. Every branch library in San Diego will add four service hours Monday through Saturday. In addition to these hours, 12 select branches will extend hours on Saturday and Sunday. The San Diego Central Library @ Joan ? Irwin Jacobs Common will add five hours per week.
CONTACT: Craig Gustafson at (619) 453-9880 or [email protected]