May 16, 2022

New Zealand: Proposed City Budget Includes Service Cuts at Most of Auckland’s Public Libraries

From The New Zealand Herald:

Most libraries will have reduced opening hours, while some others will be extended, in a bid to save $1.1 million in Auckland Council’s proposed budget.

The core service is not spared in the 10-year budget, which also targets a 7 per cent cutback in park maintenance. The city’s 55 libraries will remain open on Saturdays, but Whangaparaoa, Mahurangi East and Birkenhead or Northcote will be closed on Sundays.


In the past year, four new library buildings have opened, at Waiheke, Ranui, Te Atatu Peninsula and Devonport, which will lose three and a half hours of service at its new $7.8 million library.

The council also plans to introduce a $1 fine for people who don’t pick up a requested book.

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