The Portage County District Library is in the final stages of preparing to reopen for public browsing. Due to budgetary shortfalls resulting from the economic effects of COVID-19, two of the library's branch locations will have a reduction in operating hours. This change will take place on July 27 and will be reflected in times open for contactless pick-up of holds, as well as hours when the buildings become open to the public.

The reduced hours for Aurora Memorial and Garrettsville branches will be Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the branches will be closed on Thursdays and Sundays. There will be no changes to hours forthe Pierce Streetsboro, Randolph and Windham branches.

According to library officials, PCDL relies entirely on Ohio's Public Library Fund for financial support. Because of this, a decrease in the statewide sales and income tax collections has a greater impact on our budget than it does for other libraries in the area, all of which also receive funding from local property taxes.

For more information, visit www.portagelibrary.org. PCDL branches include Aurora Memorial, Garrettsville, Pierce Streetsboro, Randolph, Windham, and Outreach Services, which includes home delivery, library express & the library box at NEOMED.