Berkeley County Public Library System will see changes

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.¬†—¬†Changes are coming to the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library System this summer.

Beginning July 1, the library system will see a one-third reduction in staff, hours and resources, resulting from a more than $500,000 loss of revenue.

Kelly Tanksley, director of development for the library says staffing hours will be changed to avoid layoffs.

Several full time positions have not been filled and several others have been reduced to part time status.

Tanksley added that no library will open before 10 a.m., and the closing times for each branch will changed.

The main branch will not open on Sundays or Wednesdays and the other three branches will close three days a week.

The library administration is still in discussions with Berkeley County Schools on the potential of the school district sponsoring a levy specifically for the library’s benefit.

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