The Beaufort County Library system's board of trustees recently voted to keep its Hilton Head Island and Bluffton branches open 50 hours a week. In the spring, the library announced a lack of funding would result in hours being cut to 40 hours a week. Newly hired library director Ray McBride asked the board to postpone its vote so he could take a closer look at the budget.
Through shifting staff and filling existing vacant positions, McBride was able to keep the branches open within the current budget. The library is now asking the public what hours it would like the branches to be open via an online survey available at beaufortcountylibrary.org. The survey will run until Aug. 14.