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Library will be open on Sundays in the Fall

   Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

I [heart] SundaysAt town meeting on Monday, April 30th, 2012, town meeting representatives voted to approve the library budget - which included restoration of Sunday hours at the main library from October to May.

Sunday hours will begin the weekend after Columbus Day, October 14, 2012, and end the weekend prior to Memorial Day weekend, May 19, 2013. Sunday hours will be 1:00 - 5:00 PM.

The library hasn't been open on Sundays since 2007, due to tightened budgets. We're happy to have this funding restored, so the library is able to serve patrons at a time that is convenient for many people.

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Library Holiday Hours

   Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Jan1The Library will have special holiday hours over the next two weeks. In addition to our usual closings, we'll also be closed two extra days as a cost-saving measure.

The holiday schedule for the Main Library and MacKay Branches are:

Day Main Library MacKay Branch
Wednesday, Dec. 23 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, Dec. 24 Closed Closed
Friday, Dec. 25 Closed Closed
Saturday, Dec. 26 Closed* Closed
Sunday, Dec. 27 Closed Closed
Monday, Dec. 28 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM Closed
Tuesday, Dec. 29 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM Closed
Wednesday, Dec. 30 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, Dec. 31 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Closed
Friday, Jan. 1 Closed Closed
Saturday, Jan. 2 Closed* Closed
Sunday, Jan. 3 Closed Closed
Monday, Jan. 4 Normal Hours Resume
*Cost-saving closure day

Also, keep in mind snow storms might cause additional closures. Be sure to watch the weather while traveling during the holiday season.

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Upcoming Changes Due to Budget Cuts

   Friday, August 21st, 2009 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Cutting CostsAt a special Town Meeting on Aug 16th, town reps voted to adopt new taxes in order to help offset the Town's budget shortfall. Unfortunately, this didn't close the budget gap entirely, so Town Departments, including the Library, are making an additional 2% cut to their operating budgets effective September 1, 2009.

What This Means for the Library
This latest cut to our budget (which is about $8,000 - on top of the initial $100,000 cut for FY10) will affect the Library in several ways:

  1. Reduction of Hours at the Main Branch - opening time on Friday and Saturday will now be 9:30 a.m. (instead of 9:00 a.m.). This has the benefit of bringing Friday and Saturday opening time in line with the rest of the days of the week. The new hours are Mon-Thu 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Fri-Sat 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  2. Reduction of our Materials Budget - This latest cut further reduces our book budget. We continue to be the busiest library in the consortium but our collection resources are now limited. Donations from the public are greatly appreciated and can now be counted towards our municipal requirement for certification. Certification allows us to continue to receive state aid and to participate in inter-library loan within our consortium and across the state. As so many communities are having financial difficulties, the Board of Library Commissioners will be granting unlimited waivers this year - provided the cuts made to the libraries are equitable within the context of other town services.
  3. Reduction of Hours at the MacKay Branch - MacKay will be closed on Mondays. The new MacKay hours are Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 pm and Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. This is a result of the initial FY10 cut of $100,000.

These changes will take effect September 1st. The last Monday MacKay will be open (until our budget situation improves) will be August 31, 2009.

The Chelmsford Library is always trying to balance the needs and expectations of our patrons with the resources we have available to us. Since these changes affect all of us, we'd like to hear what you think. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact at Becky Herrmann, Library Directory, at bherrmann@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x101.

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Library Holiday Hours

   Saturday, December 20th, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Holiday WreathThe Chelmsford Libraries will be closing for both the Christmas and New Years holidays. Our holiday hours are:

  • The libraries will be closed all day Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • The libraries will close at 1pm on New Year's Eve, and be closed all day on New Year's Day

Patrons can always access their accounts and search the library catalog or online resources through our website, www.chelmsfordlibrary.org.

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Change In Library Hours Starts June 30th, 2008

   Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford Library logoDue to Town-wide budget cuts in Chelmsford for the upcoming year, the Main Library is reducing its operating hours by two hours each week.

The new Main Library hours are:
Mon - Thu:
Fri - Sat:
9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The MacKay Library hours have not changed:
Mon & Wed:
Fri & Sat:
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

These hours will begin on Monday, June 30th, 2008. In addition to reduced hours, the Library also had to make cuts to the budgets for building maintenance, computer equipment, office supplies and travel. The Library is evaluating many of our operations and procedures, to see if further savings can be made in the areas of energy, materials, or staff time.

Library staff still strives to make serving our patrons our top priority, so please let us know if you have any suggestions for cost-savings or adjustments to the services we provide.

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