Beginning today, 16 Memphis Public Libraries will begin longer hours of operation for the summer.
All libraries within the City of Memphis and Bartlett will now be open six days a week, with an additional 145 hours of operation each week.
New hours are as follows:
The Benjamin L. Hooks Central
Library on Poplar Avenue will now be open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Cordova, Whitehaven, Raleigh,
and Poplar-White Station
Libraries will now be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
While the Frayser, Parkway Village, Hollywood, North, South, Randolph, Cherokee, Levi, Crenshaw, Cossit,
and Gaston Park
Libraries will be open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
"Additional hours of operation mean better service for youth and their families, working individuals, and the entire city of Memphis," said Director of Libraries Keenon McCloy. "We are especially excited to expand library hours in the summer, so that more customers can explore what the Memphis Public Libraries have to offer."
Increased library hours are funded by the City's budget for fiscal year 2018 which allows $475,000 to hire an additional 20 part-time assistant librarians and $50,000 to enhance library programs and services, such as Explore Memphis 2017, CLOUD901, and STEAM.
"We look froward to re-opening the doors of several Memphis public library branches whose doors have been closed on Fridays for years," McCloy said. "Libraries make a positive difference in the communities they serve by placing literacy and lifelong learning as top priorities."
McCloy encourages all Memphians to take advantage of the libraries' longer hours, programs, and services this summer.