Folsom Public Library’s Norman R. Siefkin branch library at Vista del Lago High School will be closed beginning July 1.
Closure of the joint-use library is the result of a loss in state library funding, continuing decline in the city’s General Fund revenues, and Folsom Cordova Unified School District’s fiscal challenges.
The closure is part of the budget reduction plan approved by the City Council in May. City and FCUSD staff will continue to examine opportunities to restore services in the future, according to Mayor Andy Morin.
“It is indeed unfortunate that budgetary pressures necessitate this closure,” said Morin. “While we are hopeful that the closure will be temporary, we must accept that at this time we do not have sufficient funding, staffing or resources to keep the doors open at two libraries.”
City Manager Kerry Miller encourages patrons to continue to use library services at the city’s main Georgia Murray library building at 411 Stafford St. “We will focus our precious dollars and resources on our main, flagship library. Staff is making plans to expand hours at the Georgia Murray library to help compensate for the Siefkin branch closure.”
Library Commission Chair Lisa Ryan noted, “Despite efforts by city and library staff to find the resources necessary to keep the Siefkin branch open, it was determined there are no alternatives at this point in time. While the Siefkin patrons will undoubtedly miss the convenience of their branch library, we hope all Folsom citizens utilize the expanded programming opportunities and hours at our beautiful main library.”
Book collections, resources and equipment owned by the city will be transferred from the Siefkin building to the main library. Some of the computers, other equipment and furniture will remain in the Siefkin building. Although that building will not be open to students and the public as a joint-use library, the school may continue to use the building as a study area, computer lab and other functions.
Effective July 1, library patrons should return books to the main library. There will be no staff available at the Siefkin building to process book returns.
Details about expanded hours and other services will be posted on the city’s website in the near future. For more information about library programs call (916) 355-7374 or visit folsom.ca.us.