Monday, May 30, 2011

New Research Hours in Local History Department

The Van Buren District Library in Decatur has announced new research hours for it's Local History department, beginning June 1, 2011:
  • Monday              9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday              9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday         9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday             9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday                 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday             9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The new hours reflect a decrease in weekday evening hours, Wednesday becoming the only open evening.

Usage of Southwest Michigan's largest genealogical & local history collection continues to increase and with it the demand for on-sight reference assistance and access to manuscripts & rare items.   The library provides one full-time local history librarian supplemented by in-house volunteers.  The Local History department had been open anytime during the library's regular business hours - 58 hours per week - making it difficult to staff the collection full-time.

The elimination of some low-traffic evening hours will provide increased staff & volunteer support during research hours and provide additional security for the collection.

When planning a research visit to any facility, it's always a good idea to call or e-mail in advance to verify access hours, and collection policies.  Certainly start by visiting the appropriate website, but remember that sometimes there are unexpected closures or perhaps the website has not been kept up to date.

For more information about the Local History Collection researcher hours, contact the library via e-mail or call (269)423-4771.