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Manhattan Beach Library: Sunday Hours Coming Soon

Jun 23, 2015 07:54PM ● By DigMB Staff

The Manhattan Beach Public Library at its opening.

Sunday hours are coming to the Manhattan Beach Library sometime in August or September, according to Gina Allen, Recreation Services Manager with the City of Manhattan Beach, who confirmed on Tuesday that Los Angeles County, which operates the library, is at work on an implementation plan.

The city will pay for operating the library on Sunday, and City Council approved the funds in the 2015-2016 budget last Tuesday night at a regular City Council meeting, she said. LA County pays to operate the library the other six days a week, but to add Sunday hours, the city foots the bill.

Sunday hours became a topic of discussion for the city's Library Commission after some residents expressed a desire to add another day of facility access for library patrons. After receiving permission from City Council, the Library Commission, several months ago, engaged the community in a discussion about adding Sunday hours.

In a presentation to the Library Commission, county staff indicated it would cost $76,000 annually to open and operate the library for four hours on Sundays. City Council approved slightly less than the $76,000 (in the $60,000 range) for Sunday hours since a city calendar year begins July 1 and the library wouldn't open on Sundays until August or September.

The plan is to basically begin Sunday hours when Manhattan Beach students are back in school, which occurs in late August. The county is currently figuring out staffing and determining the "best way to proceed," said Allen.

Several libraries operated by Los Angeles County have Sunday hours from 1-5 p.m. Those libraries are in Carson, Lakewood, Malibu, and other locations.

The Manhattan Beach Library is a newly constructed two-story state-of-the-art library at 1320 Highland Ave. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday; 12 noon-6 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Call (310) 545-8595 to reach the library.

See photos of the new library here: Photo Gallery: New Manhattan Beach Library Now Open.

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