Pima County library closing 8 branch libraries on Sundays


Eight libraries closing on Sundays starting May 24


May 2015 - Calendar(Tucson, Ariz.) Effective May 24, the following libraries in the Pima County Public Library (PCPL) system will be closed on Sundays:

Executive Director Melinda Cervantes said that the decision to reduce the hours of operation was very difficult, but the change was necessary to address understaffing the department has faced for the past few years that has led to reductions in services.

“In addition to less revenue coming in and increased operating costs, we don’t have enough staff to maintain daily operations at every library in our system,” said Cervantes. “Our goal is to deliver high-quality customer service every hour that we are open, which is difficult when libraries do not have enough staff. We have already had to reduce the number of Storytimes, community events, and other literacy programs due to budget constraints.”

The libraries that will close on Sundays were selected after analyzing usage, location, and operational costs. Staff members who work Sundays at the eight designated libraries will be reassigned to other libraries in the system.

“The Library has already identified numerous operating efficiencies to cut costs, including reducing outreach activities and partnerships, reassigning staff that specialized in literacy outreach to work in libraries, and delaying facility maintenance and technology projects,” Cervantes explained. “We’re saving another $171,000 with this change to our Sunday hours.”

Ten libraries will remain open on Sundays. The Salazar-Ajo Library, which is located in the Town of Ajo, will be closed on Saturdays during the summer. Library administration will reassess the schedule at the Salazar-Ajo Library in the fall. The current hours and library locations can be found on the Library’s website.

https://www.library.pima.gov/news/eight-libraries-closing-on-sundays-starting-may-24/. The branch libraries have been open Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.



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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. It’s very sad to read this. We have a great library system here. I am always impressed by the number of children who are using the services, and the community outreach for adults is excellent.

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