Effective September 4, 2012 the Library hours have changed.
- Mondays & Wednesdays: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Fridays: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Sundays: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (from September – May)
These changes are due to property tax revenue decreases.
What about the millage?
We thank you for passing the millage in May, 2011. It helped the library have a balanced budget this past fiscal year. Sadly, property values have continued to drop so the passage of the millage has not had enough impact to counter the declining revenues.
What else is being cut?
We have drastically reduced the amount of money we spend on materials. There will be fewer new books, DVDs, eBooks, CDs, magazines, online resources, etc.
We are reducing hours for many staff members. That means longer waits to check out materials, getting answers to your questions, reaching us on the phone, assistance with the computers, etc. We are also reducing the number of programs that are offered.
We have cut our budget in every area that we can.
What is ahead?
Beyond working to reduce the budget, we are researching grants and other avenues of revenue. However, until property values increase, things will remain difficult. We are making these changes in order to continue to be your library for years to come.
Why are the changes necessary?
Library revenues have been declining for the past few years due to decreasing property tax revenue. We have lost over 30% of our revenues and estimates indicate they will continue to drop for at least another two years before leveling off.
In order to balance the budget without tapping further into our savings, we must reduce services, programs, staff hours and the number of hours that that library is open.
We know that it is inconvenient to lose any hours of service. Therefore, we have carefully reviewed how people use the library and we have chosen the least disruptive options.
How Can You Help?
- Contact your legislators and tell them how you use the library. Let them know that libraries are important to you. Ask them to support stable new funding for libraries.
- Join the Friends of the Southfield Public Library at www.southfieldlibrary.org/friends.html. The Friends of the Southfield Public Library are a group of Library supporters who enhance the services the Library is able to provide.
- Donate funds to plate a book in honor or in memory of someone you love. Funds go toward purchasing new materials for the library. Find out more at www.southfieldlibrary.org/bookplate.
- Sponsor your favorite library program. Find out more at www.southfieldlibrary.org/sponsorship.
- Donate your gently used books to the Friends of the Southfield Public Library.
- Make a tax-deductable contribution to the Southfield Public Library.
- Help us decrease wait times at the circulation desk by having your library card ready, bringing back your materials on time or even early, renewing items online and signing up for email notifications.
If you have further questions feel free to contact:
City Librarian David Ewick
email@example.com or (248) 796-4300.