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New branch library hours begin June 4

The Bellingham Public Library will begin new hours of operation at the Fairhaven and Barkley branch libraries on June 4, 2016. Both branches will now be open all day on Saturdays.

Beginning June 4, Barkley Branch Library and Fairhaven Branch Library hours will be:

  • Monday and Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The new schedule adds four open hours per week at each branch library. Library Director Pam Kiesner said additional hours of operation at each branch is the result of funding provided by the Bellingham City Council in the 2016 budget. She said the library is still recovering hours lost during the recession, when the library budget was reduced and staff positions eliminated.

“One of our most frequent patron requests is ‘please open the libraries more hours.‘ This additional funding and staffing allows us to open our branch libraries all day on Saturdays. Our patrons will be very pleased to have additional weekend hours to visit our branch locations,” Kiesner said.

Summer schedule starts at Central Library

In addition to new Saturday hours at branch libraries, the Central Library downtown will be closed on Sundays beginning Sunday, May 29, 2016 (the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend). Sunday service at the Central Library will resume September 11, 2016 (the first Sunday after Labor Day Weekend).

Please visit the Bellingham Public Library website at www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org for links to hours of operation and telephone numbers for the Central Library, the Fairhaven and Barkley branch libraries, and our college and university Connections. Or call 360-778-7323 for a menu of options including hours and directions for each location.