Citywide budget cuts will close Seattle public libraries for a week again this year. The library has chosen the week of Aug. 27. All branches will be closed from that Monday until Tuesday, Sept. 4, the day after the Monday Labor Day holiday.
Because book drops will also be closed, no materials will be due and no fines will be charged during that week.
The system-wide closure is expected to save about $613,000, much of it coming from salary reductions for 620 employees who will not be paid during that week, according to a Seattle Public Library release. City departments have addressed a continuing budget shortfall with cuts in city general-fund expenditures, including money for the library system’s $50 million budget.
“Without the closure, we would have had to cut more operating hours or further reduce the book budget,” said City Librarian Marcellus Turner in a statement. “There weren’t any easy choices.”
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The library system chose the week before Labor Day to close because few schools are in session and its activity calendar was not as busy as most other weeks in the year, the release also said.
The Lake City Neighborhood Service Center and Ballard Neighborhood Service Center, which are attached to libraries, will remain open.