New Hours Started in January

The February 7, 2013 Library Levy passed with 67% of the vote meaning that  the East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail Libraries now have expand their hours to 40 hours a week.
The new schedule for East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail is:

Tuesdays - 12 noon - 8:00 pm

Wednesdays - Saturdays - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The hours at South Hill, Shadle and Downtown remain unchanged.

What were the details of the levy?

A printable version of the levy  fact sheet is available here.

Full text of the resolution passed by the City Council is available here. 

The text of Proposition #3 (that will appear on ballots) is available here.

Residents of the City of Spokane will be asked to consider a measure on the February 12 ballot that would dedicate levy funds to the daily operations of libraries in the City of Spokane.

The Declining Revenue Challenge: Keeping Libraries Open Once Efficiencies Have Been Exhausted

948,826 visitors to the library! The Spokane Public Library is facing possible branch closures in 2014 because of constraints on the city’s general fund in recent years.

In addition to operating limited schedules at East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail, detailed below are strategies we’ve used to reduce expenses, supplement funding and creatively continue service.

Budget Reductions in 2012, 2013

Funding Assistance in 2010-2012

By using funds from grants, the Library Foundation, the Friends of the Library and private donors, we have been able to continue service and make up shortfalls. This included:

Strategies Used to Reduce Costs

Impact of the Library Levy

Summer Reading participation

    With the levy funds, the library will:

   If the levy had failed, library customers would have seen:


Cost of Library Levy to Property Owners

The City of Spokane Library Levy, proposition #3 is a dedicated levy for Library services at a rate of 7 cents per $1000 of assessed property value.

Cost to homeowners:
$100,000 home approximately $7 more per year
$200,000 home approximately $14 more per year

Quick Library Levy Facts


For more information: