The world, our community, and how people use libraries continue to change. Sioux City Public Library is changing, too, in response to our community. When City budget realities demanded fewer open hours, Library officials envisioned what best-case scenarios would look like. Staff and Library trustees analyzed gate counts and hourly checkout statistics to identify times that would have the least impact on Library patrons. Officials considered the various services accessible in each of the Library buildings and through the Online Library, and which services are seeing an increase in use and which are trending down.
Ultimately, the Library Board adopted a recommendation to implement the July 2014 operating budget reduction by reducing hours open, on a date that is yet to be determined. Perry Creek Branch will change to five days per week with consistent 10:30am- 5:30pm hours Monday-Friday. Morningside Branch will be open until 6pm week nights. The centrally located, full-service Aalfs (Main) Library will keep the current schedule, and hopes to see even more visitors evenings and weekends when parking is free!
The Library’s Online Branch is open 24/7, where patrons can search the catalog and place holds on desired items, renew items currently checked out, or download magazine articles, eAudiobooks and eBooks.