SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. - Beginning September 6, 2011, the Cupertino Library will open earlier on Monday and Tuesday mornings. The extension of service hours is possible thanks to additional funding the library received from the Cupertino City Council, approved at their June 23, 2011 meeting.
“The Cupertino Library is the busiest educational institution in our city,” said Gilbert Wong, City of Cupertino Mayor and member of the Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority Board. “It is essential that we keep the library’s doors open for as many residents as possible.”
The Cupertino Library is a member of the Santa Clara County Library District, which currently funds 54 hours of library service each week for the Cupertino Library. For the last several years, the City of Cupertino has contributed $246,000 to extend library service in Cupertino to 60 hours per week.
“We praise the City of Cupertino for its commitment to providing quality service to residents,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Liz Kniss, who represents District 5, where Cupertino is located. “The expanded schedule will provide additional valuable hours of access and learning.”
At their June 23 meeting, the Cupertino City Council approved an additional $123,000 further expansion of Library hours during Fiscal Year 2011-2012. The City of Cupertino’s $369,000 annual contribution will now allow the Library to remain open 66 hours, seven days a week.
“Our libraries continue to experience a high demand for services, and we are very grateful to partners and supporters such as the City of Cupertino for allowing us to expand the time patrons have to visit and discover new services with help from our staff,” said Melinda Cervantes, Santa Clara County Library Director. “More than ever, library users appreciate the access they have to our robust collection of print, media, and online resources, and the diverse programs the Library District offers to the community.”
Starting September 6, 2011, the updated hours of operations for the Cupertino Library are:
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Along with all other Santa Clara County Library District locations, the Cupertino Library will be closed September 5 in observance of Labor Day.
About the Santa Clara County Library District
Established by the County Board of Supervisors in 1914, the Santa Clara County Library District serves residents of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated area of Santa Clara County. It also includes two bookmobiles and an online library. In 2010, the Library loaned over 12 million items to 3.8 million visitors.
Santa Clara County Library District collection includes 1.8 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, ebooks and extensive online resources that users can access from home or work.
To be eligible for a free Santa Clara County Library District card, people must reside in one of the nine cities that belong to Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority: Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga or in the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. People living in the cities of Los Gatos, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San José, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale will continue to have access to their own city libraries at no cost to them, and they will have the choice to purchase a County Library District card as a value-added service. The benefit of having a County Library card is that an individual or family may borrow up to 100 items at a time, per card from District libraries.
Santa Clara County Library District is one of the top 100 libraries in the United States. For eleven years, it has ranked as one of the best in the nation for its size by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings, which uses 15 different benchmark measures such as collections, circulation, visits and customer service. Also recognized as one of America’s 2010 Star Libraries by Library Journal and with more than 3.8 million visits each year, Santa Clara County Library is one of the most-used public resources in the region. Visit Santa Clara County Library District online at www.santaclaracountylib.org
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Melinda Cervantes/Derek Wolfgram, Santa Clara County Library District (408) 293-2326 ext. 3001/3002
Posted: August 30, 2011