The Indianapolis library system is reducing its hours. Officials say branches will be open later and close earlier. The move is designed to fill a $4 million budget shortfall. Chief Executive Officer for IMCPL, Laura Bramble, says the problem has been going on awhile.
“Earlier this year we knew that the caps are being faced in and in the coming year we would lose more than $4 million all told in revenues,” Bramble says.
Indianapolis residents pay about 4% of their property taxes to the library. Bramble says the reduced hours will save the library $1.5 million.
Branches are also reducing costs by cutting back on their book and material budget by $1 million and increasing fees for replacing lost cards and failure to pick up items on hold. Every branch will have reduced hours and be closed one day a week. Bramble says the hope is these measures will prevent branches from closing altogether. She says the funding shortfalls aren’t unique to Indianapolis but this is happening all around the country.