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WALNUT CREEK — A yearlong review of how to pay for keeping the city”s two libraries open eight to 10 hours six days a week lands in the City Council”s lap this week.

The Contra Costa County Library budgets enough to keep its affiliated libraries open 35 hours a week. The city”s libraries are budgeted for 56 hours a week.

At stake is whether the libraries will continue to stay open six days a week at a total cost this year of $4.76 million paid by Contra Costa County, the city and volunteer groups. The city”s share is $1.3 million a year, including maintenance, and three library support groups contributed just under $128,000 in 2014, according to the report.

With library support money from the temporary — and now lapsed — Measure Q city parcel tax exhausted, the study group of city and county workers and library support groups recommended:

Two of the three nonprofit library support groups — The Friends of the Library for the main and Ygnacio branches — have agreed to formally dedicate a portion of their annual fundraising to library operation costs.

A sales or parcel tax topped the list of ideas from the group”s non-goverment members. However, the group decided discussion of taxes was outside its scope.

Last year, some City Council members suggested privatizing the library, and others were open to asking city or county voters to approve a tax. The working group report does not address privatization.

However, a separate report found that privatization would be very expensive, said Judy Whelan, president of the Friends of the Ygnacio Library. “We would have to buy out the county”s stake and pay the salaries,” she said.

The city”s two libraries, the main on North Broadway near City Hall and the Ygnacio Valley branch on Oak Grove Road, counted 646,000 patrons in 2014. They are branches of the Contra Costa County Library system that budgeted nearly $3.3 million for their operations this year.

The county dollars support operations 35 hours a week. Localities raise money as they can for additional hours. Walnut Creek”s Measure Q paid for an additional 21 hours a week at Walnut Creek”s two libraries.

The City Council plans to discuss the report and funding options when it meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 1666 N. Main St.

First on the agenda at 5 p.m. is discussion of the draft pedestrian plan. The library report is on the 6 p.m. agenda.

Contact Andrew McGall at 925-945-4703. Follow him at .

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