(Moulton, AL), (May 8, 2023) – The Lawrence County Public Library (LCPL) will be closed for a week, starting Monday, May 29, and will reopen on Monday, June 5 at 9:30 a.m. This closure is due to budget constraints, as the library must close a minimum of four weeks during the year to stay within budget for fiscal year 2023.
The LCPL began implementing service changes in 2015, such as closing the library at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays, ending Fax, Copy & Print services 15 minutes prior to close, and locking the entrance five minutes before closing time. These changes were necessary to conserve funds after local budget cuts.
To continue receiving State Aid, the LCPL must remain open for a minimum of 40 hours per week when the library is open. However, due to the service changes, the library now depends on supplementing employee hours with volunteer hours.
The digital library through Camellia.Net will remain accessible 24/7, so patrons can continue to access the library's resources during the closure. The book drop will be locked to prevent any damages to the library's collection, and no fines will accrue during the closure.
While the LCPL regrets the closure, it is necessary to continue serving the residents of Lawrence County under financial constraints.
The Lawrence County Public Library is a public library system serving the residents of Lawrence County, Alabama. Established in 1961 as the Moulton Library, it became the county library in the early 70s. In 1974, the current library opened its doors to the public near historic downtown Moulton and has since been providing invaluable resources and services to a population of over 30,000 residents.
The library offers various services such as circulation services, print/fax services, publicly accessible computers, interlibrary loan services, programming for children, teens, and adults, as well as digital resources.
Funding for the library is provided by the Lawrence County Commission, the City of Moulton, and the State of Alabama.
Come and explore all that the Lawrence County Public Library has to offer!