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Oakville Public Library introduces new hours for 2018

November 10, 2017

On October 26, 2017, the Oakville Public Library (OPL) Board of Directors supported a recommendation to reorganize the operational hours of all OPL branches, which will take effect beginning January 2, 2018. The proposed change to hours comes after an extensive analysis of data suggested a significant and increasing demand for service in OPL’s northern branches.

Using the library’s new RFID technology to record branch traffic and item circulation, in addition to data collected on program attendance, it was confirmed that over 50 per cent of its customer base utilized its Glen Abbey (GA) and Iroquois Ridge (IR) branches. Together, the GA and IR branches reflect 55 per cent of the library’s total amount of customer visits and 52 per cent of the library’s overall circulation.

The data collected from the OPL branches further demonstrates Oakville`s growing population in the north and a need for additional library service. Using this information, and by comparing the data from each branch, library staff proposed a slight modification of hours across the system, focusing on increasing hours of the branches in the north.

In total, the Glen Abbey, Iroquois Ridge, and Clearview (CV) branches will receive additional hours to help service the growing need, while the Central (CE), Woodside (WS), and White Oaks (WO) will maintain consistent service and run on a slightly condensed schedule.

The new hours will also be transitioned through the summer, eliminating the library’s previous summer schedule, but, overall, increasing the total system-wide hours of operation throughout the year, providing customers with more access to library services and simplifying the confusion around summer hours and summer staff schedules.

The increase of hours across the system relates back to the library’s goal to serve all community residents purposefully, as outlined in its current Strategic Plan. As library staff continue to work toward achieving the library’s strategic direction, the organization will undergo many enhancements – such as branch renovations and the introduction of alternative service models – to better service the Oakville community. Many exciting plans are coming down the pipeline – stay tuned to www.opl.ca for updates on future initiatives.

For more information regarding the library’s change to hours, please click here.