The Decatur Public Library announced today it will reduce its operating hours in 2018 due to declining funding from the Tennessee Valley Authority and a 50 percent cut in appropriations from the Morgan County Commission. 

"We have to make changes in order to continue to provide the materials, services, resources and enrichment for which we are known," library marketing and outreach officials said today. "Because of the changes in our funding we have found it necessary to reconsider many of our processes with a critical eye in order to improve efficiency." 

Starting Jan. 8, the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and closed Sunday. 

Currently, the library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

"While we will now be closed on Sunday and opening an hour later on all days, we did extend our Thursday schedule to a later closing time," officials said. "We appreciate the support of our patrons and will continue to provide the services and programs on which our community relies."

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