Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Tuesday, December 29, 2015
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations    
Birmingham Public Library                                               
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        
Fixed Lunch Hour Added to Birmingham Community Library Schedules
Schedule Change Set to Begin January 4, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—Seven community libraries in the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) system will close for lunch beginning Monday, January 4, 2016. The libraries making this change are: East Lake, Eastwood, Pratt City, Smithfield, Southside, Titusville, and West End.

Each of these seven community libraries will close each day that they are open to the public from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. for lunch. Their hours of operation will now be Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

“We are making this change in hours to streamline our service system-wide and make the best use of staff,” said Angela Fisher Hall, director of BPL. “This will help ensure that our branch locations have proper employee coverage during the hours they are open to the public. Additionally, library patrons will have access to staff familiar with the branch location, its visitors, and the area it serves.”
BPL’s neighborhood libraries will maintain their current schedule with winter hours through Friday, February 26, 2016. The neighborhood libraries are: East Ensley, Ensley, Inglenook, North Avondale,
Powderly, Woodlawn, and Wylam. During the winter hours, these locations are open to the public on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., and on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Library patrons will have access to the Central Library and the four regional libraries—Avondale, North Birmingham, Five Points West, and Springville Road—on Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 129 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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