May 21, 2022

Canada: Saskatchewan: Regina: “Demand for Library Services is Growing, But Funding Limiting Capacity”

From the Regina Leader-Post:

As Biblio Files: A History of the Regina Public Library —the first book of its kind — hits shelves this weekend, library lovers are reflecting on the challenges and the successes the RPL has had over the last 100 years.

One of those more recent challenges being the $4.8 million cut made to library services in the 2017-18 provincial budget in March, which left Saskatchewan reeling.


Over the past five years, library use has increased 13 per cent and in 2016 the library had 1.5 million visits with the use of online and digital resources equal to or greater than that number.


One way the RPL is getting around a limited budget is creating more flexible spaces, especially in their program rooms.

“We have garage doors that cause them to open up so that they can be used for other purposes when the program isn’t occurring in the room,” said [deputy library director Julie] McKenna.

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