The decision to close all Washington County libraries on Sundays and Mondays starting next year became official Tuesday after a vote by the board of commissioners.
The in Woodbury, one of the most popular in the state, is not immune to the cuts.
“We’re all saddened,” said Patricia Conley, Washington County Library director. “I don’t think anybody advocates for this.”
The county was prepared for reduced funding from the state and , including Woodbury's, open seven days a week, Conley said.
But when of the Washington County Library system, deeper cuts became necessary, she said.
“Closing Sunday and Monday was due to losing the tax base from Lake Elmo,” Conley said.
The total reduction from Lake Elmo’s decision is $260,000.
Library officials tried to transition the Lake Elmo branch to an “library express” service, like the one Hugo, Conley said. But the city wanted its library open more hours.
“We could not meet their expectations, so they fired us,” she said.
The Sunday and Monday reductions will impact 10 people and the equivalent of 5.5 full-time positions (220 hours of staff time).
The Tuesday through Saturday schedule at the Woodbury library will not change, Conley said.
Library officials are not looking for sympathy and will work to maintain a high level of service, Conley said.
“We’re trying to do the best we can with what we have,” she said.
The new hours go into effect Jan. 1, 2012.
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