Kim Terry, Director of Marketing and Communications
Published: May 2, 2012
Beginning Monday, May 7, member libraries in the Metropolitan Library System will add 128 hours per week of extended service.
According to executive director Donna Morris, “MLS has always tried to exercise a conservative fiscal policy, and because of that policy, in addition to opening the new Patience S. Latting Northwest Library on May 22, we are also able to better increase our service to the public by adding extended operating hours at every library in the system.
“Today people are very busy and many folks have to take care of chores on weekends, including visiting the library. We’ve had Sunday hours at five libraries for many years and since those Sunday hours are extremely active we’ve decided that it’s time to add Sunday hours to the schedules of the seven other full-service libraries. Add the new library to the mix and we’re offering 13 full-service libraries with Sunday hours to the public.”
Sunday hours will be from 1:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. In addition to that the Jones and Wright Extension libraries will now be open from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. on Saturdays. The Choctaw, Capitol Hill and Ralph Ellison libraries will also stay open an hour later on week nights, closing at 9:00p.m. Wright Library’s weekday opening will now be at 9:30a.m.
“We want to make the operating hours as consistent as possible,” Morris added. “As people have found out more and more about all the things MLS has to offer, greater demand has been placed on us to make those thing available at the most convenient hours. Extended hours are just one of the benefits we provide for the citizens of Oklahoma City and County.” For a complete schedule of MLS operating hours, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.
The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 13 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Patience S. Latting Northwest, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.