The prestigious Friends of the Libraries group is the latest community organisation urging the Kapiti Coast Council to abandon its plan to slash the libraries’ book budget.
It says this action severely reduces the flow of new ideas and creative thinking to all four of the district libraries.
Budget slashed by $191,500
A statement just released says: ‘The committee of Friends of Kapiti District Libraries, which advocates on behalf of library users, recently learned that the Annual Plan adopted on 23 May has halved the library’s book-buying budget to $211,000.
‘This was done to meet the costs of relocating Waikanae Library to temporary premises.
In a Guide to the Draft Annual Plan (KCDC 23 May 2019) the move is described as ‘…limiting new book acquisitions temporarily and redirecting budget towards a medium-term solution for the Waikanae Library …’
Book cuts should not fund building work
The committee is disappointed and concerned, believing firmly that the ongoing costs of the Waikanae problem should not be funded out of reader services.
Kapiti people value books and understand their importance to a healthy community. Material available in libraries needs to be constantly refreshed.
Friends of the Kapiti Coast Libraries urges the Council to instruct that these cuts will be reinstated in the next funding round or sooner.’