The city of Monterey may be ready to reopen its library seven days a week.

The Library Board of Trustees at a meeting next week will review three options for Sunday library service that range in cost from $20,000 to $50,000.

The city threatened to eliminate Sunday hours at the Pacific Street library when it took a 20 percent chunk out of its 2009-10 operating budget. But the City Council approved a one-time expenditure of about $108,000 to keep the library open on Sundays for another year.

In August 2010, the library finally scaled back to a six-day-a-week operation.

But the community hasn't forgotten going to the library any day.

"Customers and community residents frequently request restoration of Sunday service," says a board report by library director Kim Bui-Burton.

"Over 65 comments ... mentioned Sunday hours or seven-day service — one example: 'Please, please, please ... Sunday hours. Us working folks would really appreciate it,'" the report says.

Library officials plan to put in a request for supplemental budget dollars to restore Sunday hours on a pilot basis for the 2013-14 fiscal year, a board report says. The fiscal year starts July 1.

And $7,113 raised by the Friends of the Monterey Public Library will be used to offset costs to the city.

Bui-Burton was away from her office Thursday and unavailable.

But the library board report shows a preferred route back to Sunday library hours. The library would be open four hours on 47 Sundays (excluding holiday weekends) during the year.

Costs for the Sunday staff could be kept to about $26,000 by increasing on-call staffing during the rest of the week, the report says.

It would cost about $6,000 less to provide a "reading room" service level, but the lack of a librarian would make it harder to help people Sundays with reference and homework-assistance requests.

"When the library was open on Sunday, there was high demand for reference service, and particularly for help with homework assignments," the report says.

Larry Parsons can be reached at 646-4379 or lparsons@montereyherald.com.