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6-Day-a-Week Service Coming to All Brooklyn Public Library Branches Oct. 19

By Serena Dai | October 5, 2015 6:44pm
 All Brooklyn Public Libraries will be offering six-day service starting Oct. 19.
All Brooklyn Public Libraries will be offering six-day service starting Oct. 19.
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BROOKLYN — Brooklyn library patrons will be able to visit any local branch six days a week beginning Oct. 19 as part of a plan to expand service at dozens of locations, officials announced.

Brooklyn Public Library's 60 neighborhood branches will all be open six days a week, adding weekend hours at close to 20 percent of borough branches that don't have them, a BPL spokeswoman said.

The those branches are currently open Monday through Friday. Six will add Sunday service while the others will be open Saturday. It was not immediately clear which branches would be open which days under the new plan.  

The Macon, Mapleton and New Lots library branches will join Kings Highway and Central in offering seven-day service, according to BPL.

Others will only extend evening and weekend hours.

A $12 million increase in the library budget from Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council makes the increased service possible, according to library officials. 

BPL is separate from the New York Public Library, which announced last month its own extension of hours following a $43 million boost to its budget.

Brooklyn's library network is the fifth largest in the country, offering books, free homework help, public computers and literacy programs across the borough.

Officials are expected to announce more details of the expansion in the coming weeks.