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PG Public Library receives almost $83k in one time funding

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“What we’re hoping for is the province to provide ongoing, sustainable funding that will help us continue to provide the support that I think the province has recognized has been so important over the past few years.”

That’s from Prince George Public Library Director Paul Burry, who said they received $82,828.75 in one time funding from the Provincial Government.

That’s part of the $8 million that’s being spread out among 71 libraries in BC, but Burry said they used to have more sustainable funds.

“In 2009 the provincial funding was cut was cut from $17.9 million down to $14 million, so a 25% cut. And that $14 million is divided up between 71 library systems.”

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He said that he was thankful for the money, but noted that one time funding can only be used for one time costs.

“So if we’re going to continue to grow and bring in new staffing, and do different things that require that ongoing support, then we need additional operational funding.”

Burry noted that most of their support comes from the regional district as well as the City of Prince George.

“The vast majority of our funding comes from the municipality. And we’re fortunate enough to have a really great relationship and great support from the municipality and regional district who provide over 90% of our funding.”

In terms of what the one time funding will be used for, Burry said discussions are underway.

“So it’s early yet to know for sure for us to know for sure what we’re doing. We’re sort of starting to have those conversations internally right now. And I’ve just now finished a meeting with library directors around the province who are having this conversation, and starting to share ideas on how the funding might be used.”

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