Residents want the Bozeman Public Library to stay open longer, particularly by remaining open on Sundays during the summer, a recent survey has found.

A library survey asked patrons if they were in favor of having the library open more often, even though it would cost more money, interim co-director Terri Dood said Monday. The survey also asked patrons what hours they would prefer.

A vast majority of respondents, 86 percent, said they want expanded hours, despite the added cost.

And, most people said they want the library to stay open on Sundays during the summer. The library is closed on Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The survey gave people four options for extending hours:

• staying open on Sundays year round.

• opening an hour earlier at 9 a.m. on Mondays through Thursdays.

• staying open an hour later until 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursdays,

• staying open an hour later until 6 p.m. on Fridays.

About half, 53 percent of respondents, wanted added Sunday hours. Twenty-two percent wanted the extra hour in the morning on weekdays, 13 percent wanted the later hour on Friday evening and 12 percent wanted the later hour on weekdays.

On Mondays through Thursdays, the library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, it's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sundays, during the school year, it's open from 1 to 5 p.m.

Based on the survey, Dood said library officials have made a budget request to the city for fiscal year 2012, which starts in July, to be able to hire additional employees to staff the library on Sundays during the summer.

The Bozeman City Commission considers budget requests each spring.

Amanda Ricker can be reached at or 582-2628.

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