Chicago Public Libraries will be open four hours in the afternoon on Mondays starting next week, city officials announced today.
Except for the main Harold Washington Library, and the Sulzer and Woodson regional branches, which are open every day, libraries will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. when Chicago Public Schools are in session, the city said in a news release.
The city announced Jan. 21 that libraries would be open on Mondays, after Mayor Rahm Emanuel had shut them on Mondays after failing to reach an agreement with AFSCME Local 31 officials on how to handle the moves needed to keep them open. Aldermen had objected to the closures, which they had thought had been avoided in Emanuel's budget.
The administration shifted $2 million to libraries and is rehiring 65 laid-off union workers and moving 25 others from the Washington Library to the city's 76 branch libraries to keep the branches open Monday afternoons.
Libraries will be open 8 hours on Mondays during CPS vacations in the spring and summer, but will be shut for city holidays, including Feb. 13 and Feb. 20.