City Talk: St John’s Does What it Can For its Libraries in the Face of An Ongoing Crisis

Library lovers in St John’s have had some good news in the last year or so. Many of the new city councillors have voiced strong support for libraries, and there was even some discussion about the possibility of a new downtown library, inspired by the success of Halifax’s. The city has also recently given the St John’s Library Board a $50,000 grant to pay for half of the cost of a “bookmobile” – the largest capital sum ever given by the city to the library system.

1 Year Later: Still No Clarity on Who Will Fund Our Underfunded Libraries

A year after the government threatened to shut down 54 libraries (more than half of the province’s libraries), and provoked a storm of protest, a $187,000 consultants’ report pointed out funding of the system, even before the planned cuts, was “very low compared to virtually all other provinces.” But it is becoming apparent a solution to the problem will take years.