On February 8, 2018, the Board that governs The Cumberland Public Libraries decided on a reduction of hours at most locations. The reduction will take effect on June 1, 2018.
Why are you cutting hours?
Cumberland Public Libraries does not receive enough funding to continue offering the current amount of hours and services. Since 2010, the library has received a 1.3% increase in funding while inflation has increased by 11.9%.
Why canít you find something else to cut?
We have already made cuts to our programs, book and magazine collections, all databases, staffing, and more, to balance our budget. Without an increase in funding, our only options at this point are to cut hours, cut more services, or close a library.
Why not charge for a library card or services?
We could charge for services that are currently free. However, the Cumberland Public Libraries - and all public libraries throughout the province - have worked very hard to ensure that library services are free and accessible to all. A fee (even a small one) to borrow a book or attend a program could deny someone library access.
Would a donation of books help?
We gratefully accept donations of books and money, but those donations will not be enough to offset the funds needed to run the libraries for the entirety of Cumberland County.
What can I do?
Continue to use your public library!
AND please reach out to your MLA, the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, Premier McNeil, and/or your local councillors about the importance of public libraries and what they mean to you. We need long-term, sustainable funding for all public libraries in Nova Scotia.