LEETONIA- The Leetonia Community Public Library is expanding its hours again.
Starting June 30 the library will open at 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and remain open an hour longer until 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The library will remain closed on Sundays.
According to Director Lisa Rohrbaugh, a recent update in technology and adjustment in staffing hours made the expansion in hours possible. She said a new server and windows update means the staff does not have to manually back up the computers each morning- a process that took up to 90 minutes- before opening. She also noted that staff hours have been adjusted, with no additional employees hired.
Rohrbaugh said that the new hours can only benefit the community.
"We're a public place, so the more hours we're open, the better it is," she explained. "Sometimes I'll see people leave in the morning because we're not open yet."
Rohrbaugh also explained that the additional hour at the end of the day on Friday and Saturday could be significant, especially during the school year.
"We're locking the doors and, especially when school is in session, that is when [patrons], students and teachers, want to come in," she said.
The expansion of hours is part of a continued effort by Rohrbaugh to restore hours that had been slashed prior to her arrival in 2011, including the re-establishment of Friday hours.
"We're happy to do it and hope that people take advantage of it," she said.
Visit www.leetonialibrary.org for a full list of operating hours.