La Crosse Public Library to expand service hours

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — La Crosse Public Library will expand its service hours this week at all three library locations.

The North and South Community Libraries will be open 12 hours per week and the Main facility will be open two more hours on Wednesday evenings.

“While this increase in service hours for the remainder of 2021 is not at pre-pandemic levels, it is what we can currently offer as we evolve to meet the emerging needs of our region,” said library director Shanneon Grant in a press release. “We appreciate your ongoing support and patience as we embrace this opportunity to enrich the social, economic, and cultural life of our community.”

The library was forced to make cuts as the city faced revenue decreases due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It reduced 15 library staff positions and instituted staff furloughs.

“As the 2020 pandemic further highlighted, public libraries meet people at their point of need. Libraries are conduits for community connection, bridges for the digital divide, and lifeboats for many of our most vulnerable citizens. To this end, you can look forward to an expansion of our outreach and mobile services as we work to find those who need us where they are,” Grant said.

The Main Branch will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The North Community Library will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The South Community Library will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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