SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The city of San Diego's 35 branch libraries opened on a Monday for the first time today in five years.
Mayor Jerry Sanders' office used part of a $17.8 million budget surplus in the current fiscal year to add to library hours, along with the amount of time recreation centers stay open. Those hours are set to expand further when the new fiscal year begins July 1.
"For a lot of people, the library is a window to the world," Sanders said. "With these additional hours, more residents will have more opportunities to study, learn and expand their horizons."
The branch libraries will be open on Mondays from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The hours for the rest of the week are 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and -- with some exceptions -- closed on Sundays.
Branches open on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. are in City Heights, La Jolla, Point Loma and Serra Mesa.
Hours at the Central Library, at 820 E St. in downtown San Diego, remain unchanged, according to the city.
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