The Archbold Community Library Board voted to continue the reduced hours of operation that were implemented in July 2009 at the Wednesday, Aug. 11 meeting.
Board members considered changing the hours, but opted to table the matter.
Joyce Klingelsmith, library director, developed two alternatives to the present schedule for the board to examine.
The current schedule is 9:30 am to 8:30 pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Wednesdays.
The library is open from 9:30 am to 3 pm Saturdays and closed Fridays.
The library is open 46.5 hours per week.
Klingelsmith estimated the total annual labor cost for 46.5 hours per week is $194,072.70. The figure includes payroll, Public Employee Retirement System contributions, Medicare taxes, and other benefits.
The second option would have given the library some Friday hours, but cut back hours on other days. It would have the library open 50 hours per week.
At 50 hours, Klingelsmith estimated the annual cost at $200,180.43.
The third option has the library open 52 hours per week, including some Friday hours. She estimated the cost at $209,157.76.
John Bamonte, board member, said with so many uncertainties in future library funding from the State of Ohio, “I would be hesitant to add hours.
“Yet, we are doing what we said we would do, reviewing it,” he said.
Diane Tinsman, board member, said since library patrons were used to the reduced hours, she would not favor increasing the hours of operation without more positive financial news.
Klingelsmith said she did not anticipate the library funding situation would improve right away.
In reviewing the July circulation report, Klingelsmith said it is the first monthly report to which the board can make a direct comparison, because the library went to reduced hours in July 2009.
The number of visitors to the library during July 2010 was 6,377, down from July 2009, when 7,180 people stopped at the library. That’s a drop of 11%.
Also down was the total number of items circulated.
In July 2009, library patrons checked out 12,531 items. A year later, in July 2010, the total number of items circulated was 11,095, a decline of about 11.5%.
Klingelsmith told board members she had read an article stating that in general, the number of visitors to libraries had decreased.
Non-fiction circulation has decreased, as people find more and more resources on the Internet.
She said libraries are challenged with determining what their communities need and want from the library.
Klingelsmith told board members the library had received a $290 memorial in honor of Gertrude Fraas. The money will be allocated to materials, she said.
The next meeting is Thursday, Oct. 7, 7 pm, at the library.