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Some Wake County public libraries could face budget cuts

Posted January 28, 2009
Updated January 29, 2009

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— Wake County leaders have asked their libraries to come up with $1.84 million in potential budget cuts.

Library officials said their proposal includes closing branches at Duraleigh, Southgate, Wendell and Athens Drive High, as well as shutting down the Electronic Information Center in downtown Raleigh and a book mobile.

Hours at branch libraries would be cut, and some staff could be laid off.

Officials say the list is only recommendations for reductions, and there are no immediate indication the cuts will be made.

The proposal comes as libraries across the state see an increase in visitors. According to the State Library, nearly 5 million North Carolinians have library cards – an all time high.

Some counties are also reporting a 45 percent increase in computer use at libraries, primarily by those applying for jobs online.


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  • schnurd Jan 29, 2009

    FYI: The library does not keep track of who uses the computers or what use they are being put to. Proceeds from fines and the booksale go to the general county fund, not to the libraries.

  • ignc73 Jan 29, 2009

    That's some really messed up priorities to cut libraries. That's truly stupid and short-sighted. I live in Orange County, so we won't ever have library cuts (although an expansion was put on hold, which people are angry about), but I still always pay my late fees x 10.

  • sunneyone Jan 29, 2009

    postracker, yes, you can't use the public computers to use the internet without checking in with your library card.

    colliedave, I do donate to the library, yearly in fact. And we usually spent a messload at their yearly book sales. :)

  • colliedave Jan 29, 2009

    This is a travesty. It's terrible. The public libraries are so important to the community. I hope this nightmare doesn't come true!!!

    If libraries are that important, how about puting sime $$$ where your post is?

  • venitapeyton Jan 29, 2009

    "Why not lay off some secretaries in the City Hall, planning and zoning and other departments that exist specifically to hassle citizens."

    The library is a county government service cut being considered, not municipal (local) gov't services in City Hall. Those service cuts won't be announced until they think that we've forgotten the millions just spent on a 'temporary' police building in North Raleigh.

  • postracker Jan 29, 2009

    he report says "Some counties are also reporting a 45 percent increase in computer use at libraries, primarily by those applying for jobs online."

    How do they know this?

    Is this the reporter's opinion, or are the computers monitored for use?

  • whatelseisnew Jan 29, 2009

    I think many of you are just not seeing how bad things are going to get. All levels of Government need to cut everywhere possible, and as deeply as possible.

  • DasStonecutter Jan 29, 2009

    Good call curiousgeorgia. I'd be willing to pony up a little cash yearly (I already do - but that is for late fees) to keep more library branches open.

  • curiousgeorgia Jan 29, 2009

    Why not charge a small yearly fee for the library card, couldn't that help a little? I don't earn much and the ends keep getting further apart, but I would be willing to do that if it would help keep libraries open and librarians employed!

  • katy Jan 29, 2009

    Tom Moore, Library Director: tmoore@co.wake.nc.us
    Frank Cope, Wake County Community Services Director: fcope@co.wake.nc.us
    And, contact your Wake County Commissioner!