Beginning Sunday, January 6, 2019, three Tacoma Public Library branches, Moore, Wheelock, and Kobetich will be open six days per week during the public school year. The Moore and Wheelock branches are the system's "regional" libraries and busiest locations, while Kobetich geographically triangulates library services that will be available in Tacoma on Sundays. All three locations will be open from 1-5 p.m on Sundays.
In November, the Tacoma City Council approved Library Director Kate Larsen's proposal for instituting the six-day schedule as part of the City's biennial budget. Funding for the new six-day schedule comes from the City's General Fund.
Based on current daily usage, Tacoma Public Library expects the additional days of service will create significant weekly benefits for the community, including: more customers being able to use the Library; additional youth homework needs served; more library items borrowed or renewed; more uses of public computers; and potentially more engagement programs offered across the three branches for patrons of all ages.