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Tigard Public Library reduces one hour during The changes are the result of a performance audit with the new Sunday hours making it possible to add morning programs if needed.

COURTESY CITY OF TIGARD - Tigard Public Library has changed its hours of operation, reducing the time its open by one hour Monday through Thursday but opening two hours earlier on Sundays.
Tigard Public Library hours change

As of Dec. 1, the Tigard Public Library has changed its hours of operation, reducing the time its open by one hour Monday through Thursday but opening two hours earlier on Sundays.

The new hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Paula Walker, communications coordinator for the Tigard Public Library, said the new hours are about efficiency and not the result of budget cuts.

Halsted Bernard, Tigard Public Library director, said the revamped hours were the result of a performance audit that showed how to best schedule library staff while providing a high level of customer service.

"For years, we have seen a significant decrease in patron visits after 7 p.m. during weekdays, most significantly after 8 p.m.," Bernard stated in a news release. "During weekdays, this change allows for greater coverage on our public service desks during staff lunch breaks. On weekday evenings, it allows for more flexibility in providing programming, and supports more robust reference desk coverage."

She said that opening earlier on Sundays will provide better access as well for residents who can only visit the library on Sundays and those new hours will allow for "the possibility of Sunday morning programs and outreach visits."

A survey of other Washington County libraries showed that Tigard was an anomaly when it came to staying open until 9 p.m. five days a week.

"Currently, Tualatin Public Library is the only other library in the Washington County Cooperative Library System that is open until 9 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays," said Bernard. "(They close at 6 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays.) There is no other library in WCCLS (Washington County Cooperative Library System) that is open until 9 p.m. on Fridays."


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