Half of Los Angeles County’s public libraries began running on a new and reduced schedule Monday due to budget cuts.
Los Angeles County operates 89 public libraries. Forty-five of them will be open less as the county grapples with decreasing property tax revenue.
The City of Los Angeles' public libraries went from opening six days a week to five for similar reasons starting last week. In L.A. County’s case, some libraries — including Avalon, Baldwin Park and Bell Gardens — will only open four days a week.
A spokeswoman for L.A. County’s libraries says they’re doing the best they can during tough economic times. She says the reductions in service allow the system to avoid staff layoffs, though some employees have retired or moved on without being replaced.