Wake County Public Libraries will be expanding its public hours starting Sept. 2 after cutting them back a few years ago because of budget cuts.
It's not a huge change. Officials are adding an hour to Saturday hours at its larger regional libraries. (I can't tell you how many times I've stopped by my local regional library at 5:30 p.m. only to find it closed). Community libraries will be open an hour later Monday through Thursday and Saturday.
So here's the new schedule:
Regional libraries will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.
Regional libraries are Cameron Village Regional and North Regional in Raleigh; East Regional in Knightdale; Eva Perry Regional in Apex; Southeast Regional in Garner; and West Regional in Cary.
Community libraries will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and closed Sundays.
Communities libraries are Cary Library, Duraleigh Road, Green Road, Holly Springs, Leesville, Richard B. Harrison, Southgate, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon.
The Fuquay-Varina library is closed for renovations and will reopen at the end of September with new hours. Specialty libraries - Athens Drive, the Express Library on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh and the Olivia Raney Local History Library will keep the same hours of operation.
For details and addresses, go to Wake libraries' website.