Medicine Hat Public Library Reduces Hours Due to Budget Cuts

“We have reduced our permanent hours,” Feser says. “Monday night is probably the most important. We close at 5pm now and were open until 9pm.

Feser says the decision to close Sunday and Monday evenings came from an analysis that showed those were the times when fewer people were accessing the library.

“Sundays are not busy for us,” says Feser. “The weather is nice, the kids are away all the time, so they don’t have to come over the weekend.”

Feser says MHPL appreciates the support it receives from the city, citing building improvements like lighting and elevators. He adds that overall the library has handled the cuts well and is in a good position.

“It would be difficult to manage more [cuts]but of course we can always do something with more money,” Feser laughs.

Feser says the silver lining of the pandemic and the cuts is seeing the support the library has received. He says donations have increased and the public has responded to difficult times with generosity, which he is very grateful for.

The library currently offers free membership cards through corporate and community sponsors.

“Companies and organizations pay for citizen library cards,” says Feser. “We’re really happy about that.”

More information on membership cards can be found on the MHPL website, or by visiting the library.