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Information about Sunday Closures

Beginning in March 2022, the Lafayette Public Library will no longer be open on Sundays and the Chenier Branch will no longer be open on Saturdays.

Sundays are statistically the least utilized day of the week, accounting for only 10% of item checkouts and computer sessions. Sunday closures will only eliminate 30 public service hours as opposed to more than 80 public service hours lost if libraries closed on Mondays, for example. Saturdays are also the least busy day of the week at the Chenier Library.

The new hours will enable the Lafayette Public Library to cut its current budget deficit nearly in half, saving approximately $300,000 annually. Digital services such as Libby, Flipster, Homework Louisiana, and much more will still be available 24/7 through the website and app.

Please view the graphs below showing historical data on checkouts and computer usage from 2017 through 2021 as well as study room and meeting room usage from 2019 through 2021.

We thank you for your continued support and patronage.