In order to best conserve funds, the Lawrence County Public Library began implementing service changes in 2015. These changes included closing the library at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays, ending Fax, Copy and Print services 15 minutes prior to close, and locking the entrance five minutes prior to close to allow staff to assist remaining patrons on making their final selections.
Having a county personnel budget appropriation of approximately 60 percent cut over the past several years, $32,000 per year in fiscal year 2015 to $12,650 for the current year, additional service changes are required.
In order to remain compliant with State guidelines for receiving State Aid, the Lawrence County Public Library must remain open 40 hours per week the weeks the library is open or forfeit State Aid. To assist with keeping the library on budget for fiscal year 2020, the library will be closing a total of three weeks during the upcoming holidays.
The library will be closed:
Thanksgiving Monday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Nov. 29. The library will reopen Monday, Dec. 2 at 9:30 a.m.
Christmas Monday, Dec. 23 through Friday, Jan. 3. The library will reopen Monday, Jan. 6 at 9:30 a.m.
Our digital library through Camellia.net will remain open 24/7. If you have not stopped by the library to get set up for Camellia, please take the opportunity to do so.
Our book drop will be locked during these closures to prevent damages from occurring to our collection. No fines will accrue the weeks the library is closed during the holidays.
While the library regrets having to make these changes, these changes will assist the Lawrence County Public Library in serving the residents of Lawrence County under current financial constraints.