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County library now open on Sundays

September 10, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

For the first time in at least 40 years the Washington County Free Library in downtown Hagerstown will be open Sunday.

"We think it will become our busiest day," O'Connell said. "People have been asking us for years (to open on Sundays). We see it as giving better service."

O'Connell said many public libraries in other Maryland counties are now open Sundays, including libraries in Allegany, Howard and Carroll counties.

At the main Washington County library at 100 S. Potomac St. the new Sunday hours will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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O'Connell said the library will probably discontinue Sunday hours in July and August, and then start again next September. The six branches will not open Sundays.

The main library is closing earlier on Fridays, at 6 p.m. rather than 9 p.m., O'Connell said. The later hours were typically the least popular at the library, she said.

Opening on Sundays from now through June will cost about $22,000, O'Connell said.

The library will be operated by a "skeleton crew" about half the staff for a normal day. The Sunday workers will not be taking telephone requests, she said.

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