EUGENE, Ore. — This Sunday is the first Sunday of the new fiscal year in Eugene and some library goers looking to grab a book Sunday morning were met with locked doors.
Instead of opening at 10:00 on Sundays, the downtown library won’t open until 1:00 p.m. on Sundays because the city is trying to make up for a budget shortfall.
Volunteers from the Friends of Eugene Public Library and the Eugene Public Library Foundation were outside the library Sunday morning to let people know about the changes.
Library supporters say dozens of people came to the library Sunday morning, trying to use the computers or to check out books.
During the budget debate, the budget committee chose shortening hours on Sundays instead of closing the Sheldon Branch Library. But library supporters say reducing hours impacts a lot of people. “The library serves almost 4,000 people per day, it effects a lot of folks,” said Monica Wilton, Executive Director Eugene Public Library Foundation.
“We were here a couple of us were here at 9:30 a.m. and there were already people here because the coffee bar is usually opened early,” said Carol Hildebrand, Vice President Friends of Eugene Public Library.
Library supporters were also gathering signatures in support in a library levy. They said they don’t know many details about the levy yet, but are hoping it’ll be on the May ballot next year.