Bracebridge Sends Letter To Province Protesting Library Funding Cuts

Posted: 2019-07-10 07:28:22 By: hbr

The Town of Bracebridge is urging the province of Ontario to back off when it comes to library cuts.

Katherine Rodney, the CAO of the Bracebridge Library, said the Southern Ontario Library Service and the Ontario Library Service North operating budgets were cut in half as part of the latest Ontario budget. Those cuts have dealt a devastating blow to the popular inter-library loan service.

Rodney said the cuts mean the loan now needs to be done through Canada Post at a cost of roughly $2 per book. That would translate to a minimum of $3,000 per year for the Bracebridge Public Library, said Rodney, not including staff time.

Town council agreed to send a letter to the provincial government  asking them to reinstate to a level that will provide full reimbursement of postage costs and to maintain the current operating grant funding provided for all Ontario libraries.