Hialeah expands ‘e-library’ hours



Hialeah residents will soon have more access to four e-libraries.

The city announced Thursday that the North, Curtiss, Walker and Wilde e-libraries will be open four days a week, starting Monday.

The locations were previously open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. two days a week, either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, before the change.

The four e-libraries will now have these hours from Monday through Thursday. North, 7400 W. 10th Ave., Curtiss, 501 E. Fourth Ave., Walker, 800 W. 29th St., and Wilde, 1701 W. 53rd Ter. join West Hialeah e-Library, 7400 W. 24th Ave., which already has these same hours.

E-libraries are small branches that provide access to library materials through networked computers and offer wireless Internet access. These locations are connected to police substations or park facilities. Services and programs are offered for free to the public in English and Spanish.

The change restores hours of service that had been cut in recent years.

Mayor Carlos Hernández said, in a prepared statement, that the change has been a goal for the city’s administration since hours started getting reduced during the recession.

“The plan of extending operation hours of our libraries has been one of our priorities. I’m proud to say that we have responded to the needs of our community for additional service hours in a cost-effective, efficient and sustainable manner,” he said.

Arnie Alonso, Hernández’s chief of staff, said Thursday the city is extending the hours using still limited resources.

“We’re just being more efficient, and doing the best with what we have,” he said.

He noted the importance of programs that are hosted in the city’s public libraries, like computer workshops, citizenship and English language classes.

“It’s important that our library system be accessible,” he said. “It’s a community anchor.”

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