A voter-approved initiative will pay to reopen 73 Los Angeles Public Library branches on Mondays starting at the beginning of next week.
When it started cutting the budget, the city of LA spared very few services, including its libraries. Starting last August, officials say the public libraries operated with the fewest service hours in the system’s 140-year history. That meant no library access at all on Sundays and Mondays, and shuttered doors at 5:30 on all but two nights a week.
Voter-approved Measure L will restore Monday library hours without raising Angelenos’ taxes. The measure transfers a larger portion of existing tax assessments to the city’s public libraries. That’ll raise local tax revenues for the system from just under $80 million a year before Measure L to $130 million four years from now.