Rowan Public Library sets the hours for 3 of the 4 locations


ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – Rowan Public Library is ringing in the New Year with updated hours at three of its four branches. As of January 1, 2022, RPL East (Rockwell), RPL South (China Grove), and RPL West (Cleveland) will all operate on the same schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Friday. , Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When RPL’s West Branch in Cleveland opened on June 1, its hours were advertised as temporary. Over the next several months, staff at RPL West conducted a survey to solicit community input on the ideal days and hours of operation for the branch.

Based on the responses to this survey, RPL learned that while respondents were happy with the then current opening hours, the community wanted the branch to be open for more days and with more consistent hours. In the end, RPL West will be open 19 extra hours each week, for a total of 57.

“Adding extra days and hours of operation to the West branch will make it easier for customers to access all of the materials and services we provide. This change will allow us to expand our programming options, which will give more clients access to the various programs for all ages… I am happy that we are able to provide more library hours to the community, ”said Lyndsey Maloney , supervisor of RPL West.

“The western branch makes the whole county proud of what it brings to its community, of what it offers in particular to young people in the western half of the county and, above all, of what it represents of the best of Rowan” said RPL Chairman of the Board Gary Freeze, Ph.D. “The long evolution that has brought us to this day is proof of what a dedication to public service and a dedication to public service can do. improvement of the public good. “

RPL’s goal is to improve access for all of its users, and after careful consideration, the RPL administration has determined that the days and times are consistent for RPL East (Rockwell), RPL South (China Grove) and RPL West (Cleveland) would make operations and staffing more efficient system-wide.

RPL’s Board of Directors accepted and on December 1 unanimously approved the updated schedule proposals. “The library board is very excited about the continued expansion of library services during these difficult times,” said Freeze. “We were very satisfied with the adaptations made by the RPL system to provide as many services as possible to as many people as possible. “

In order to better meet the needs of the Salisbury community, the hours of operation of the head office of RPL (Salisbury) are not changing; the schedule for this branch remains Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The four RPL branches will be closed on December 31 and January 1 for holidays and will reopen at 9 a.m. on Monday, January 3. The updated schedules will then be in effect at RPL East, RPL South and RPL West. For more information on RPL, visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or call 980-432-8670.

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