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Libraries Reduce Hours

New Times Will Begin July 12


A cut in the operating budgets of several Santa Barbara libraries will result in reduced hours at many area branches.

Starting July 12, the central and the eastside branches — including the Faulkner Galleries and public meeting rooms — will be closed on Mondays. The Goleta and Montecito libraries have also made several changes to their schedule. Goleta Library’s Monday hours will be changed to 12-6 p.m. and the Montecito library will be open on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Santa Barbara is wrestling with a budget deficit of $8.9 million, and less funding for the Public Library System is part of a broader program of cutbacks being implemented. Reductions in library hours could have been more severe if not for financial help from Friends of the Library groups in Santa Barbara City and elsewhere in the county.

The full listing of hours for each library branch are as follows:

Carpinteria Library

Monday: Closed

Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Central Library

Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Eastside Library

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Goleta Library

Monday: 12 - 6 p.m.

Tuesday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Los Olivos Library

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Montecito Library

Monday: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday - Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Santa Ynez Library

Saturday: 2 – 5 p.m.

Solvang Library

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Every library will be closed on July 4 and 5 for the Independence Day holiday.

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