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September 11, 2009
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Library Improvements Lead to Increased Use

Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour

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Library use in the province’s communities has risen steadily over the past two years, with dramatic growth seen in areas near Charlottetown says the Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour. The 23 public library branches outside Charlottetown and Summerside have increases in circulation of more than 10% over the same period last year and in Stratford and Cornwall the increased community use is over 30%.

“Public libraries encourage the fact that learning is for everyone and that it is as much a community activity and interest as it is a personal one,” said the Honourable Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour. “Libraries provide a cost-effective method of delivering literacy support, as well as an expanded range of services for all Islanders.”

There are several reasons for the increased use according to Provincial Librarian Kathleen Eaton. “In the last two years, the investment by the Province in more resources for the libraries and in increased hours at many of the rural branches has meant that we have more books, CDs and DVDs to offer and libraries are more accessible than ever before. In addition, we have upgraded many of our on-line services at so that patrons can easily find new materials. We are also pleased that many communities have increased the size or upgraded their library buildings.”

The Public Library Service is a unit of the Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour. In cooperation with municipalities it operates libraries in 26 locations across the province.

Media Contact: Autumn Tremere
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