After Cedar Rapids voters rejected a proposed tax levy last November to support operational costs, we've now learned how the Cedar Rapids Public Library will make its budget cuts.

Their proposal to the city council next month will include the suggestion to close the downtown and Ladd Library branches one hour earlier (8 p.m.) Monday through Thursday. Hours would remain the same at the downtown branch on Friday and Saturday               (9 a.m.- 5 p.m.).

The Ladd Library branch in Southwest Cedar Rapids would close entirely on Saturday, and the downtown library would close on Sunday, after it had already been running on a reduced schedule. All of these changes, if approved, will be set to take effect in March.

As a frequent user of the downtown library, I had mixed feelings about the levy. The proposed adjustments in hours, while not ideal, feel like a satisfactory option for making the necessary cuts in service. They will keep one of Cedar Rapids' best resources available at very little reduction from current levels.

Will the proposed changes affect your use of the library? Give us your thoughts in the comment section and read more about the library's future plans here.

[Via KCRG]

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