Minimum Standards of Hours of Service for Public Libraries
FY2015 State Aid To Public Libraries Program
Minimum Hours Open Per Week:
In keeping with the regulation that "library service should be available to the community a minimum number of hours per week," (605 CMR 4.0) the minimum hours requirement will apply during each week of the compliance period. To meet the requirement, a public library must be open the required hours, days and evenings during each week of the compliance period.
Compliance Period/Winter Hours:
The compliance period (winter hours) will be defined as those days after the Labor Day holiday weekend until the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The summer schedule period will be those days from after the Memorial Day holiday weekend until the Labor Day holiday weekend, and the library's summer schedule must apply to each week during that period.
Massachusetts Legal Holidays:
Libraries may close on Massachusetts legal holidays and local municipal holidays, and not affect their compliance with the hours of service standards.
Initial Approval of Policy: Febraury 4, 1993
FY2015 Approval Date: October 4, 2012
State Aid Policies are approved annually
Minimum Hours Open Per Regulation
|Population Size||Number of Hours||Number of Days||Portion of Day|
|Under 2,000||10||not specified||including some evening hours|
|2,000 - 4,999||15||not specified||including some evening hours|
|5,000 - 9,999||25||not specified||including some evening hours|
|10,000 - 14,999||40||5||including some evening hours|
|15,000 - 24,999||50||5||including some evening hours|
|25,000 - 49,999||59||6||including some morning, afternoon, & evening hours|
|50,000 and over||63||6||including some morning, afternoon, & evening hours|