Nichols Library to Resume Normal Sunday Operating Hours July 7

Naperville-The Nichols Library will return to its regular operating Sunday hours, 1 to 5 p.m., on July 7. The extended hours were a pilot program that began on March 3 to gauge library usage on Sunday evenings.

This pilot program was implemented as the result of community interest and to meet established standards for Illinois libraries of its size.

Extended library hours have been a top request according to community surveys. Several years ago, Sunday hour’s at all three Naperville libraries were shortened by one hour in response to budget cuts.

Last fall, library administration responded to City Council’s request to examine the feasibility of additional hours with a program that utilized staff from all three buildings to support extended Sunday hours at the Nichols Library.

Throughout this trial period, hourly statistics have been kept in areas such as circulation, reference questions and building use.

A final analysis of these statistics will determine whether to support a permanent extension of Sunday hours. If the analysis supports a permanent change, Library administration will develop a budget that incorporates the additional staffing needs, subject to approval from the Library Board and City Council.  If approved, extended hours would formally begin in May 2014.