FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org
More Days, More Hours at San Francisco Libraries!
San Francisco, CA – Effective May 10, San Francisco Public Library is adding a permanent, additional day of service at three branch libraries. Glen Park, and Park Branch Libraries will both be open on Sundays and Noe Valley will be open on Mondays, bringing three more San Francisco Public Libraries to seven days per week service.
Other libraries added more hours in December and additional hours will be added to nine branches in May; in total, 39 more hours of library service take effect this fiscal year, 2013-14, in addition to increased hours at three centers of the Main Library.
These new hours also reflect increased service hours for the new North Beach Branch Library, scheduled to open on May 10. North Beach is the final branch to be completed under the Branch Library Improvement Program, approved in 2000, which built or renovated 24 branch libraries. Nineteen of San Francisco’s 28 libraries are now open every day of the week.
The additional hours are the result of the extraordinary support of San Francisco voters, as well as a year-long assessment of public service hours, which included 11 public hearings, 2,400 patron intercepts, 1,000 online and staff surveys, and 300 non-user surveys.
“One of the goals of the new hours is to improve equity and consistency in library hours throughout the city,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.
Under the tenure of City Librarian Herrera, who took the helm at the San Francisco Public Library in April 2005, library hours have increased from 1,172 to 1,377 hours per week, an increase of 17.5%. Previous increases occurred in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013.
According to a citywide survey conducted by the San Francisco Controller’s Office in 2013, libraries and library satisfaction continued to register the highest marks among city departments of resident satisfaction, with high satisfaction levels for collections, online services, staff assistance and facilities.