IBJNews

Library postpones branch-closure decision

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library board of trustees has postponed a decision on whether to close up to six library branches until its July 15 regular meeting, the board announced Friday morning.

The library board had been expecting to make decisions about the closures at its June 10 regular meeting.

“The Library is extremely gratified by the public's response and offers of support related to this issue,” board president Thomas S. Shevlot said in a prepared statement. “We are committed to thoughtfully considering all options. This extra time will serve the Library and the public well.”

The library system says it faces revenue reductions of more than $4 million per year due to property-tax reductions and lower total tax levies.

The board is considering several options to reduce the deficit. The most drastic option would mean closing six of the system's 22 branches: Glendale, Brightwood, Flanner House, Fountain Square, Spades Park and West Indianapolis in 2011 and 2012.

The closings would mean cutting 35 to 55 full-time equivalent staff members.

Other options range from keeping open the branches but reducing their hours.

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
ADVERTISEMENT