Kapiti Coast District Council is spending $32,100 pa on storing Waikanae library books with a private company. But booklovers are worried.
ROBB (Restore Our Book Budget, a group of residents fighting the massive cuts to the budget for library books) say they confirmation of the $32,000 figure from James Jefferson, a KCDC Group Manager.
“We expect to spend around $211,073 on new collection items this year .. (a 50 percent reduction),”he says.
What has shocked ROBB is the cost of storing Waikanae’s books. Mr Jefferson said “The storage cost is $32,100 per annum.”
The Chair of ROBB, Christopher Ruthe, says this seems to be an extravagant waste.
ROBB has written to KCDC suggesting ways to save this money and spend it on books.
The letter says that as regular users of the Paraparaumu Library ROBB members are aware that it has ample room for displaying thousands of more books than it currently does.
ROBB has also visited the Waikanae Pop-up library and the Otaki library. The latter clearly has more room for additional volumes.
Waikanae library users will probably use the more extensive collection at Paraparaumu while the main Waikanae library remains closed.
Members of ROBB at Waikanae beach, or near the expressway, say that they are going to Paraparaumu because of book choice and ease of parking.
The suggestion to KCDC concludes:
“There seems to be no reason why the books in storage, or at least a substantial number of them, could not be relocated to the 2 remaining libraries, at a substantial saving to the ratepayer. If this alternative has not been fully considered we ask that you raise it with the Mayor.”
ROBB is waiting for a response.
Stop more waste KCDC