Starting Friday, October 2, 2020, all LBPL locations and services will be unavailable every other Friday until Sept. 30, 2021 due to city-wide staffing furloughs. However, our digital library is always open--24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
As part of the City’s multi-step approach to resolving its $30 million shortfall in Fiscal Year 2021, the majority of City of Long Beach employees will be furloughed for 26 days from October 2020 through September 2021. This action will save $11 million in the General Fund and provide $30 million in savings for all funds. The furloughs were negotiated with the City’s various employee associations through multi-year agreements as a way to generate cost savings, avoid permanent service reductions to the public and prevent additional layoffs.
“We understand that this will have a direct effect on our opening hours and service to the community, but furloughs are a necessary step to address the City’s financial situation and impacts of the pandemic,” said City Manager Tom Modica. “I am incredibly grateful to our employees for their sacrifice during these extraordinary times to stave off further reductions to City services. We are asking for our community’s patience and understanding as we implement the furloughs.”