Beginning June 6 the Newcomerstown Public Library will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The reduced summer hours will continue through Aug. 29.
Saturdays during the summer are traditionally slow in the afternoon and the reduced hours will help the library save funding without sacrificing service.
"All libraries in Ohio are struggling to make ends meet just like our users," said Library Director Linda Hren. "Summer hours are one way we can spend our limited funds more wisely."
The regular, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday hours, will resume Sept. 5.
In another cost saving move, the library is asking area residents to donate clean used bubble wrap and padded mailing envelopes to help reduce the amount of funds spent on shipping supplies.
The Newcomerstown Library is part of Serving Every Ohioan, a network of Ohio libraries that shares items from their collections with each other. Library materials are shipped between participating libraries through a statewide courier service. The Interlibrary loans save participating libraries thousands of dollars each year while providing customers with access to more materials on a wider range of topics. The library can also use vinyl bedding bags with zippers as shipping bags.