Chicago Public Library cuts branch hours

October 5, 2009 3:06:53 PM PDT
Chicago's branch libraries will be open fewer hours starting in January.The Harold Washington Library would not be impacted and neither would the city's two regional libraries-- Sulzer on the North Side and Woodson on the South Side.

The plan is still being worked out, but it calls for 76 branches to open later and close earlier.

A library spokeswoman says the changes are necessary because the libraries have had a hiring freeze for years that has eroded staffing levels