A senior administrator with the Pictou Antigonish Regional Library Board is hopeful the province will give libraries some assistance in the next provincial budget while a review is underway. Chief Librarian Eric Stackhouse says funding levels for libraries in the province have remained unchanged for more than eight years.
However, Stackhouse says libraries did receive a grant from the province last year , amounting to 50-thousand dollars for each library board. Stackhouse says he’d like that to continue another year while the review is ongoing.
Stackhouse says the province is also conducting a survey of Nova Scotians to get an understanding of the social impact of public libaries. Stackhouse says what the libraries need is a long-term sustainable funding solution.