Councilmembers Support Expanded Hours For Loch Raven Library
Fifth District Councilman David Marks and Sixth District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins both support extended hours at the library.
Elected officials are pushing the Baltimore County Public Library to expand hours at a neighborhood branch.
Fifth District Councilman David Marks recently wrote to Baltimore County Public Library director Jim Fish asking that the Loch Raven Library have its hours expanded to match those of other branches around the county.
A .pdf copy of Marks' letter is attached to this article.
Currently Loch Raven Library is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Most other branches in the county are open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and form 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. A few branches, such as Towson and Perry Hall, also keep Sunday hours from 1-5 p.m.
"We would like to see it offer the same hours as other branches around the county," Marks said.
In a letter to Fish, Marks wrote that attaining so-called "full-service status" has been a long-time priority for families in Hlillendale, Hillendale Park, Knettishall, Loch Raven Village, and Ridgeleigh.
"While the county does not have the resources to renovate the library right now, full-service status is a step in the right direction. I believe that this area of Baltimore County deserves the same access to library services as all other communities," Marks wrote in the letter.
Marks and Sixth District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins have each mentioned expanding hours at the Loch Raven Library during budget hearings for two years running, according to the letter.
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