A couple of residents formed the Sustainable Libraries Coalition to prevent any closures. The public outcry was enough to convince the city-county council to take action.
"They were really the ones who orchestrated (the public response)," Nytes said. "It was pretty grassroots."
With the new schedule (still a net 6 percent reduction in hours compared to pre-2010 service levels), IMCPL can offer more public service programs like the job centers they have in eight locations. In conjunction with WorkForce One, the program allows library users free Internet access to apply for jobs and create resumes.
"So many of the people who are unemployed don't have access to that. That's been a very noticeable area of growth for us," said Nytes, who noted that demand for computer skills classes has also been high.
With the new schedule, all Indianapolis libraries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, visit the website at imcpl.org.