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Basalt library reduces hours to reflect patron demand

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – The Basalt Regional Library reduced its hours of operation from 64 to 56 per week starting Oct. 15 to reflect demands, executive director Kristen Becker announced.

The library is closing at 7 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and it will no longer be open on Sundays.

“Over the last several years the library has seen a reduction in the number of patrons who visit the library between November and March, and we have already started to see the trend repeat itself this year,” Becker said in a statement. “Therefore, the library looked at our patron counts for each day and hour of the week to determine the best days and times to reduce service hours with as little disruption to our patrons as possible.”

There were typically fewer than 10 people in the library between 7 and 8 p.m. on weeknights, and fewer than 100 visitors over the four-hour period the library was open on Sundays, the study showed.

Becker said the library district is in “excellent” financial condition and she has presented a “conservative” budget to the board of trustees to consider for 2011. “However, like other tax-supported organizations in the area, the library will be affected by the anticipated lower property assessed values in 2012, and we are taking steps now, such as reducing hours, to ensure the long-term success of the library,” Becker said in the statement.

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