As we reported last week, the Mint Hill library will get an extra half-day of service on Thursday. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library announced today that the branch will be open from 1-7 pm on Thursdays. It had previously been closed on that day.

The CML press release:Charlotte, NC–Oct. 4, the Freedom, Independence, Morrison, North County, South County and University City regional branches will stay open one hour later on Wednesdays and Thursdays and their Monday hours will start and end a little earlier.

In Cornelius and Mint Hill, the libraries will no longer be closed on Thursdays. Instead Cornelius will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Mint Hill will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The additional hours at Mint Hill and Cornelius were already in the works thanks to the library’s enhanced volunteer program and the collaboration between the Library, the City of Charlotte and the Towns.

Director of Library Services David Singleton is pleased to see the expansion of hours go into effect. “The increased volunteer efforts help,” said Singleton. He added that the additional hours were also possible because staff have become more mobile than ever before. “The library staff is our greatest resource, and these hours are possible in part because staff are often shared among locations. The flexibility and dedication of our staff is enabling us to better serve the public in ways that more closely meets their needs as we get through these trying economic times together.”

Singleton said the new hours are structured in ways that provide an additional morning for young children and families, and more evening time for students and working adults to access the library.

Earlier this year, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library closed four branches, reduced hours and laid off 183 employees when Mecklenburg County commissioners subtracted roughly $10 million from the county’s contribution to the library’s $35 million budget.