Fairfax County officials say ongoing recruitment challenges in a pandemic world will require trimming of library hours for the indefinite future.
Effective Aug. 14, all regional and community Fairfax County Public Library branches are moving to a modified schedule due to staffing issues, officials said on July 19.
Under the new schedule, regional-branch hours will be Mondays and Tuesdays from 1 to 9 p.m. and Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Community-branch hours will be Mondays from 1 to 9 p.m. and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“This schedule requires only one shift of staff a day, allowing [the library system] to maintain all open days at its branches,” county officials said, giving no timetable for when the issue might be revisited.
The Access Services branch located at the Fairfax County Government Center will maintain its usual hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and digital offerings will be unaffected by the changes.