Alfred Heim
Published On: Sat, Jul 30th, 2016

SD&G County Library to Close 3 Branches

St. Andres Library

Today the SD&G Library Board issued this press release announcing the closing of the Dalkeith, Morewood and St. Andres West Branches.

 

SD&G County Library Branch Facilities Update – Branch Closures

July 29, 2016

On May 24, SDG County Council held a Council of the Whole meeting to discuss Library facilities.  At that meeting, they asked the Library Board to review the current facilities and services offered by the Library and address key concerns raised by Council.

At the June 9 regular Library Board meeting, the Board was presented with a number of options to address County Council’s key concerns. An additional meeting was then held on July 29 to make a decision on possible branch facility closures.

In a vote of 4 to 3, the Library Board passed a motion to close three branches of the SD&G County Library – Dalkeith, Morewood and St. Andrews West.  Changes will take effect on or before Saturday, September 3, 2016.  As well, the Board approved to have a book return box for alternative service delivery at the Dalkeith Branch location, and to offer the continuance of Internet connectivity and public computer stations there, provided volunteers would be willing to monitor access and schedule hours of operation.


The decision to make these changes is in response to Council’s directions to offer a more equitable distribution of hours of operation across local municipalities, and limit operations at under-used and/or inappropriate locations.  These decisions will also help to meet the Library’s strategic goals, and were made to improve Library Services by better aligning resources where they will be more effectively used.

Library Board meeting information can be found at http://www.sdglibrary.ca/about-us/library-board/meetings-agendas-minutes. Any questions can be directed to Karen Franklin, Director of Library Services at kfranklin@sdglibrary.ca or Susan Wallwork, Communications & Marketing Librarian at swallwork@sdglibrary.ca.