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Sunday Hours Begin Soon for Rancho Bernardo Library Branch, City Says

Mayor Sanders and Councilman Gloria announce expanded access to several branches.

Now you can read the Sunday paper at the Rancho Bernardo branch library the day it comes out.

City officials Friday announced that Rancho Bernardo’s city library branch on Bernardo Center Drive will add Sunday hours—from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.—beginning Nov. 4, said Mayor Jerry Sanders and Councilman Todd Gloria.

The Logan Heights and Valencia Park/Malcolm X branches also get the new Sunday hours.

Meanwhile, San Diego’s Central Library will open up for five hours on Saturdays beginning Nov. 3, Sanders and Gloria said.

It’s the first time in three years the facility at 820 E St. will have Saturday hours, which will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Those four locations join the City Heights/Weingart, La Jolla/Riford, Point Loma/Hervey and Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa branches as being open on Sundays.
That gives Sunday library hours to each City Council district.

“Thanks to our financial reforms like managed competition, IT outsourcing and streamlining nearly every city department, we have been able to begin restoring important city services like libraries,’’ Sanders said.

“Along with additional hours at recreation centers, and more funding for street repairs, our residents are starting to the see the benefits of the progress we’ve made over the last few years.’’

City officials said they are aiming to add more library hours in the future, including having every branch open for a full day on Mondays.

“As we watch the construction continue on the new Central Library, we have not forgotten that branch libraries are relied upon, and that is why restoring these hours was among the top priorities as soon as our budget allowed,’’ Gloria said.

The $185 million new Central Library is scheduled to open next summer in the East Village near Petco Park.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

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