Hampden Township's library request may overwhelm system

Hampden Township's request for a library drop-box service within the municipality's borders could overwhelm delivery drivers and force the reduction of existing services, Cumberland County officials say.


Library system Director Jonelle Darr said Friday that adding another location into the county's existing contract with the Capital Area Library District would add more hours, and ultimately more cost, to delivery drivers' 40-hour-plus work week.


Darr said the Capital Area Library District contracts drivers to shuttle 1,100 items a day between nine different facilities in both Dauphin and Cumberland counties five days a week. Four of those libraries include return stops so that drivers can make space for incoming loads.


“Our driver is spending more than eight hours on the road each day,” she said. “We are trying to figure out which stops can be eliminated so he has a reasonable work week.”



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