In this October 2012 file photo, Daniel Lopez, a registered nurse, walks through the lobby of the Joel Valdez Main Branch Library downtown. This week library officials said eight branches will end their Sunday hours.

A.E. Araiza/ Arizona Daily Star/File

Eight Pima County libraries are ending their Sunday hours before the end of the month.

The move is being made to save money and because of understaffing, Melinda Cervantes, the library executive director, said in a news release.

“In addition to less revenue coming in and increased operating costs, we don’t have enough staff to maintain daily operations at every library in our system,” Cervantes said in the release. “Our goal is to deliver high-quality customer service every hour that we are open, which is difficult when libraries do not have enough staff. We have already had to reduce the number of Storytimes, community events, and other literacy programs due to budget constraints.”

In April, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry recommended closing some branches. They are: Dewhirst-Catalina, 15631 N. Oracle Road; Dusenberry-River, 5605 E. River Road; Geasa-Marana, 13370 N. Lon Adams Road; and Santa Rosa, 1075 S. 10th Ave.

Huckelberry estimated the closures would save $1.5 million annually.

At the same time he proposed eliminating Sunday hours at eight of 10 libraries that are open Sundays. He said then that doing so would save the county about $171,000.

The branches closing on Sundays are:

  • Dusenberry-River
  • Flowing Wells
  • Himmel Park
  • Kirk-Bear Canyon
  • Martha Cooper
  • Quincie Douglas
  • Sam Lena-South
  • Tucson
  • Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr.

The reduced hours take effect May 24.

The county absorbed the city of Tucson’s library system in 2006. The unified library system today operates 27 facilities in Tucson, Arivaca, Green Valley, Sahuarita, South Tucson, Ajo, Marana, Oro Valley and Catalina.

Closing any of the county’s 27 libraries would need to be approved by the Board of Supervisors.