State Cuts to Funding Reduce Jackson Libraries' Operating Hours | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS

State Cuts to Funding Reduce Jackson Libraries' Operating Hours

The Jackson Hinds Library System (JHLS) will reduce hours beginning Oct. 10, 2016 at all 15 libraries due to a recent $50,000 cut to the library system's state-based Personnel Incentive Grant program.

The Jackson Hinds Library System (JHLS) will reduce hours beginning Oct. 10, 2016 at all 15 libraries due to a recent $50,000 cut to the library system's state-based Personnel Incentive Grant program. Photo by Trip Burns.

— The Jackson Hinds Library System (JHLS) will reduce hours beginning October 10, 2016 at all 15 libraries due to a recent $50,000 cut to the library system's state-based Personnel Incentive Grant program.

The JHLS Board of Trustees approved the cuts in hours at their September 28th regular monthly meeting in order to balance the FY2017 budget.

Library Executive Director Patty Furr comments, “We are never happy to cut hours at our libraries, particularly since the public depends so heavily on us for help with applying for jobs, homework assistance and use of our 500+ free public access computers. We just don’t have much of a choice in the situation this year given the amount of the budget cuts and the high percentage of our budget that goes into staffing.” Furr continues, “There are not any other ways to make up for these revenues, especially in light of the recent budget situations faced by the City of Jackson and Hinds County.”

To make sure the hours cut were fair and equitable, JHLS analyzed usage statistics hour by hour at each branch, as well as consulting each branch manager about which times their libraries were the busiest. The hours that had the most library usage determined the final schedule.

Unlike some other Mississippi library systems, JHLS was fortunately able to accomplish balancing the budget without relying on any branch closures, furloughs or reductions in staff.

Following is a schedule of the new hours for each library in the Jackson Hinds Library System.

Eudora Welty Library, Jackson

Monday – Thursday : 9:00am – 8:00 pm

Friday : 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday : 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday : 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Margaret Walker Alexander Library, Medgar Evers Library, Willie Morris Library, Charles Tisdale Library, Richard Wright Library

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday : 9:00 am – 6:00

Tuesday : 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Friday : 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday : 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Beverly J. Brown, Byram

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday : 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Tuesday : 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Friday : 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday : 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Closed from 12:00 – 1:00 pm Monday - Friday

Lois A. Flagg Library, Edwards

Annie T. Jeffers Library, Bolton

Evelyn T. Majure Library, Utica

Ella Bess Austin, Terry

Monday – Thursday : 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Friday, Saturday : 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Closed from 12:00 – 1:00 pm Monday - Thursday

Fannie Lou Hamer Library, Jackson

Monday – Friday : 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Closed from 12:00 – 1:00 pm Monday - Friday

Quisenberry Library, Clinton

Monday, Wednesday : 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Tuesday – Thursday : 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Friday – Saturday : 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Raymond Public Library, Raymond

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

R.G. Bolden/Anna Bell-Moore Library, Jackson

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday : 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm

Tuesday : 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Friday, Saturday : 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Closed from 12:00 – 1:00 pm Monday - Thursday

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