The will close for three days this summer as all branches in the Sacramento Public Library system will due to furloughs, library officials announced today.
All SPL locations will be closed May 18, June 15 and June 29, officials said. The library’s telephone information service will be unavailable during these closures.
The library’s governing board recently approved three furlough days as a cost saving measure due to shortfalls in Sacramento County property tax revenues and funding reductions from the City of Sacramento, according to a news release.
“Funding shortfalls have left the library with few choices to maintain services to the public,” library director Rivkah Sass said in a released statement. "The library was faced with either laying off 15 to 18 staff, necessitating the permanent closure of as many as three locations; or furloughing staff, requiring temporary one-day closures of the whole system."
“We believe furloughs are a better outcome, especially for those communities that would have faced the permanent closure of their neighborhood library,” Sass said.
At saclibrary.org, visitors can access the library’s catalog, apply for a library card, request and renew items, download eBooks, audio books and videos, use the research databases, pay fines and see event and programming information, officials said.