Spokane Public Library expecting 2010 cuts - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane Public Library expecting 2010 cuts

SPOKANE, Wash. - In a recent survey conducted by the Washington State Library, the Spokane Public Library stated it is facing more cuts in 2010. The Library says they have suffered cutbacks over many years, culminating with a 13 percent cut in 2005.

There are no cuts coming in 2009 but the Library says the anticipated 4 percent cut in 2010 could result in a branch closure. In the survey, the Spokane Public Library said a 4 percent cut does not sound bad until severe cuts over the past decade are factored in.

Thirty-three other libraries or library systems throughout Washington responded to the survey and many reported severe hardships.

"This survey confirms what many have feared - that many libraries are facing difficult budget situations due to the bad economy," said Washington State Librarian Jan Walsh. "What makes this so painfully ironic is that more people are using libraries nowadays than before, yet several libraries are in danger of seeing cuts in hours, services or staff."

The survey indicated that while only one library (Castle Rock) may face closure in 2009, around two-thirds of the Libraries that participated have experienced budget cutbacks or will face budget reductions soon.

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