U of L’s library promoting services to public on Sundays


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville is coming to the aid of citizens affected by the planned Sunday closing of Louisville Free Public Library locations.

    UofL President James Ramsey and Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the university’s William F. Ekstrom Library will promote and continue its services to the public on Sundays. The university’s other four libraries will be open to the public on a more limited basis.

    Ekstrom Library, on UofL’s Belknap Campus, offers the public a variety of services, including computer access and free book checkout for adults over age 18. Guests can purchase printing and photocopying services for a small fee. The circulation, reference and media desks also are open.

    The announcement is in response to the proposed closing of the city’s 17 libraries on Sundays. Abramson announced the closings as part of a plan to help offset a $20 million shortfall in the city’s budget.

    “The University of Louisville has a long-standing commitment to serving the needs of this community,” Ramsey said. “In these tight budget times, it’s important that we work with our local government for the benefit of our citizens. Through efficient use of our resources, we can continue to offer outstanding library service to our campus and the entire community seven days a week.”

    “Any change in operating hours for libraries could be a difficulty for citizens who need computers, research materials or just a good novel,” Abramson said. “UofL’s generous offer allows our entire community access to an enormous collection of books and resources on the one day per week that our libraries are closed.”

    The UofL library is open to all adults and to children 14 and older. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. UofL students, faculty and staff receive priority in use of computers. Computer access is reserved for adults 18 and older and for students who need access for research or class assignments.

    Ekstrom Library’s public hours are:

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