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COVID-19 forces a change in Indianapolis Library operation hours

For now, no Sunday hours
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Posted at 4:52 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 17:14:05-05

INDIANAPOLIS — COVID-19 concerns are forcing the Indianapolis Public Library to eliminate Sunday hours, for now.

Starting November 4, the nine library locations with Sunday hours will be closed on Sunday. To help offset that, all locations will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

As COVID-19 numbers continue to be high, eliminating Sunday hours offers the library system the ability to reduce cross-branch staffing, easing staffing concerns with contact-tracing if someone becomes ill.

“We do not make decisions that impact our ability to serve the public lightly, as we know many residents depend on The Library for access to information, materials, wi-fi, and computers,” said Jackie Nytes, IndyPL CEO. “Input from frontline staff, careful analysis of our services, and a desire to safely manage the pandemic suggest that this will yield the best combination of impact on staff versus service disruption for patrons.”

The locations affected by changes to Sunday service include Central Library, InfoZone at The Children’s Museum, and the Franklin Road, Glendale, Nora, Pike, Southport, Warren, and Wayne Branches. The Lawrence Branch typically offers Sunday hours, but is still closed because of delays in its renovation.

Effective November 4, revised hours of service for all branches will be: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday open from 10:00am – 6:00pm; Tuesdays open from Noon – 8:00pm; Sundays closed.

Central Library will observe the same hours, but close at 5:00pm on both Fridays and Saturdays. This schedule will stay in place at least until the end of the year before being reassessed.