Province planning library review, but releasing few details

The province is planning a review of the regional library system.

“Following the 2017-18 budget, the Government of Saskatchewan committed to engagement sessions with the library sector,” wrote an education ministry spokesperson via email.

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“Work on a plan for these sessions is currently underway and more details will be available soon.”

In April 2017, the province announced in its budget a $3.5 million decrease to the regional libraries, leaving them with a budget of $2.5 million. The Wapiti Regional Library saw a 58 per cent cut – about $400,000. Library officials said they had no consultation with the province before the cuts were made.

After a province-wide public outcry, those cuts were completely reversed, but the government promised a review of the system.

In its next budget one year later, the province did not make any changes to regional library funding.

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