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The Needham Free Public Library will be extending its open hours on Sundays beginning September 11. The library will be open on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. from September 11 through June 25, 2017. Previously, the library closed on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. The two additional hours are part of a two-year pilot program that grew out of the library’s current Strategic Plan. In a strategic planning questionnaire, many residents requested longer Sunday hours. Following a two-year trial period, the library trustees will evaluate the expansion of Sunday hours. Evaluation criteria will include building usage, materials checkout activity, computer usage, patron responses, and several other factors. The two added hours may be beneficial to many people; however, students may benefit the most by having both longer study hours and increased access to library staff and materials.