The date when the McPherson Public Library will close its doors to public access was discussed during the library board meeting Monday.
Steve Read, library director, said the library is on schedule and will need to close for a portion of January and February for completion.
On Jan. 6, the temporary adult library – on the main floor – will close. At this time the temporary children’s library in the basement will remain open. The services and collections that will be available from the basement include children’s collections, both adult and children’s reserves, renewals, book drops, interlibrary loans, payment of fines and fees, research assistance and information requests and Web page assistance.
During this time, the Miller Library at McPherson College and Briner Library at Central Christian College will allow public access to their current newspapers and magazines.
Both libraries also will allow public library patrons access to their Internet terminals during normal library hours – Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m.
“Both the McPherson College library and Central Christian College library have been very gracious about allowing patrons to use their Internet access during this time,”  Read said.
McPherson Public Library patrons should be considerate and remember a few basics when utilizing the college library Internet.
• college library hours and closing dates will vary
• college students always have priority in using the terminals
• sign in at the front desk
• observe the rule of 45 minutes per day, per person
• wireless Internet access is available at both Miller Library and Briner Library
• this privilege is extended only for the duration that the public library is closed
The McPherson Public Library will close completely on Jan. 26 and is scheduled to re-open on or around Feb. 13.
After Jan. 26,  services that will be available from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday until the library re-opens include:
• book drop
• renewals by telephone (245-2570) or E-mail (
• research assistance and information requests by telephone or E-mail (
•Web page assistance by telephone or E-mail (
In other business:
•  The board approved the transfer of $56, 800 from the operating budget to capital improvement funds.
• Don Marrs, DMA Architects, PA, informed the board that the carpet will not cost as much as what was thought when it was ordered a few months ago. It is not known how much less at this time, but it could be a savings of approximately $700-$900.
• Read provided the board with an update on the Interlibrary Loan Development Program (IDLP) and what the task force recommendations are for FY 2010 and FY 2011.
The next meeting will be Jan. 15.