DENVER — Denver’s public libraries will increase service by about 40 percent next year after voters approved a referendum allowing to city to raise more money.
The hours increase will still need to be approved in the final 2013 budget, but with the additional money, all branch libraries will be open a minimum of 48 hours each week, and evening hours and new weekend hours will be added to some branches, said Libraries spokeswoman Jen Morris.
Measure 2A allows the city to be released from provisions of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) and is estimated to bring an additional $68 million a year to the city.
Voters approved it Tuesday along with Proposals 3A and B — both bond issues for Denver Public Schools.
“We are extremely thankful to the Denver residents for voting for 2A which will allow us to better serve our community after years of budget cuts and reduced library hours,” said City Librarian Shirley Amore.
The Central Library plans to be open 56 hours per week and restore Saturday morning hours.
To accommodate for the longer hours, DPL plans to increase staff and add hours to current part-time staff, said Morris.
The new hours should be phased in through the beginning of next year.