Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Charlottesville, Virginia: Jefferson Madison Regional Library Faces Budget Cuts

Link to January 19 newsplex.com article, "Budget Cuts Threaten Local Libraries' Futures". (via Twitter)

Excerpt: The future of two local libraries is being threatened by budget cuts.

Board members for Jefferson Madison Regional Library said Albemarle County is considering cutting library funding by 5 to 10 percent.

That would require JMRL to make drastic changes, and county residents would feel the impact. Library branches in Scottsville and Crozet will be affected and may close.

At a press conference this afternoon, the library board went over details of how such major cuts would affect library users.

A 5 percent cut would force JMRL to close the Scottsville Library. A 10 percent cut in the library's budget would close both Scottsville and Crozet branches.

Such cuts from the county would also affect how much state aid JMRL receives. State aid pays for all books, audio books and online databases.

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