Gwinnett library 'buddy branch' system starts today

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Public Library's new "buddy branch" system begins today.

"That's the kind of invention we would like to see on their part to operate differently," Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said of the creative system. "I may not be able to go to the Dacula library, but if I can go to Hamilton Mill or Grayson during a certain day of the week, that's workable for me."

But Nash said she was surprised library officials waited until the fall to react to a cut in county funding that was approved in January. The late action caused confusion in the public, who believed another cut had been made, she said at a meeting of the Council of Seniors.

Last month, the library board voted to cut from 53 open hours per week to 44 hours. The buddy system pairs libraries so at least one nearby location is opening in the area. Hours are uniform over the weekend.

Nash said she did not want to comment on a disagreement among the library board on the ability of a fundraising campaign to raise operating funds, but she said she appreciated that officials are looking outside of the box to provide more services.

"They are not just sitting there waiting to see what happens. They are working to help themselves," she said. "Too often, we stay fixed in the same way of looking at things. Just because there are some hurdles doesn't mean we discard ideas."


OrganicGrl 3 years, 8 months ago

I think this is a great idea and should save money across the board. I never saw a reason for the library to open every single day morning to night including Saturdays.


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