CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill Public Library is extending its hours of operation for the second time this year.

Library Director Susan Brown says the additional hours will go into effect on Thursday, December 12.

“We are very happy to announce that we are restoring two hours of service into our operational schedule,” Brown says. “[The hours will be added to] Thursday nights from 6 till 8 p.m.”

When the new library opened in April, its hours of operation were reduced from 68 hours down to 54 per week. In August, six hours were added back to the weekend schedule.

“With these extra hours that we have restored, we have added some new programs, especially in the children’s area,” Brown says. “There are more story times and more weekend programs so business is booming.”

When the two additional hours are added in December, the library will be operating at 62 hours per week.

The library is currently open from 10:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m.,  Monday through Wednesday; 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; and noon till 6:00 p.m., Sundays.