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Carleton Place Library gets municipal support in wake of provincial cuts

by | May 31, 2019 | Local News | 0 comments

The Carleton Place library is feeling the sting of the cuts being made to various provincial agencies.

Meriah Caswell, head librarian at the CP library, spoke during Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting at Town Hall, to explain the impact of these cuts.

In April, the library learned that the Southern Ontario Library Service would have its funding cut in half, leaving Carleton Place unable to access resources like the Provincial Inter-Library Loan system.

The loan system, which Carleton Place was able to access for free, allowed access to materials from all over the province, effectively increasing what they could provide to visitors.

Loans through the system must now been done through Canada Post, with the library footing the bill with money that had not been budgeted for.

Council agreed to let the library use its reserves to pay for the service in 2019, and also agreed to write a letter to the Office of the Premier, among other recipients, asking them to support sustainable long term funding of Ontario’s libraries which Caswell tells Lake 88 is a step in the right direction. “The government of Ontario is listening to these municipalities so this goes a long way to showing that Carleton Place council cares about their library and maybe we can get this decision turned around,” she said.

The change means an extra cost of $3,500 per year for the library, which had not previously been budgeted for.

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