City Proposes $300K Budget Boost for Libraries

By Tyler Sutherland

BooksThe City of Winnipeg wants to increase public library budgets by 11%.

As proposed in the city’s 2014 budget, $3,084,770 would be spent on library materials, targeting areas identified through public surveys, borrowing statistics and library trends.

“Our libraries serve citizens of all ages,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “New materials, including the latest bestsellers, will bring book lovers to library branches throughout the city, while additional e-resources will support the growing number of people in our community choosing to download their reading material.”

The increase of $300,000 will be tabled at an executive policy committee meeting on November 29. City council will look at the proposal on December 17 before it can be implemented.

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