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knwhite 1 year, 4 months ago on Library budget cut 'harsh,' board members say

Regarding the Used book sales, if you request the records for when the library sold the books vs the online sales, you will find that the online sales are generating a lot more money than the inhouse sales. You are talking about $15K a year in book sales vs the $4-5K you say S. Carolina makes. Plus, did S. Carolina include the cost of employees getting the sales ready? If not, then they are not really making that much money.

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knwhite 1 year, 4 months ago on Library budget cut 'harsh,' board members say

SPLOST money - very different from operating budgets. SPLOST must be used for what the voters voted on and cannot be redirected to operations.

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knwhite 1 year, 4 months ago on Public pleads for library funds

Again, research your facts. The renovations of the libraries were funded by SPLOST funds, which were voted on by citizens of the county several years ago, and specifically for this purpose. The SPLOST funds cannot be used for operating expenses, and need to be used for the projects that they were voted on for. Please don't confuse the issues.

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knwhite 1 year, 4 months ago on Public pleads for library funds

It would be really nice if people actually did their research before making comments. At the hearing last night, there were 10 people who spoke in support of the libraries. Only one person who spoke in favor of the whole budget. Of the 10 who spoke in favor of the libraries, one was the outgoing Board chairperson, who presented facts regarding the library budget.
The proposed budget cut, and if taken from materials, would drop the materials budget by 1/3 of what it currently is. While, yes, the materials budget could take a cut, but I would not recommend a 33% cut.

Look at the Library statistics that are available on their webpage.

The Gwinnett County Public Library circulates over 7 million items a year, being open 44 hours a week. A few years ago (2009), it was circulating 7 million items a year when it was open 70 hours a week. That means that even though there are less hours for the public to walk through the doors to get materials, they are still checking out the same amount that they did when the library was open more hours. That means more items check out each open hour. If libraries are going away, then why is the circulation statistics at our library going up. It is because the library staff do a good job of getting mateials that our citizens are interested in. Otherwise they would not be circulating. So, no dentaldawg83, the library is not fast becoming a dinosaur.

The private sector may be able to do some of what the library does, but it does not do it for free, or at the low cost of what it is actually costing the taxpayers to support the library. Many of the databases that the library makes available to us are not free.

Not everyone can afford to purchase their books at Amazon or other book stores. For around $40 dollars a year, you have over a million items that you can use. What are you going to get for $40 from Amazon?

If there are 800K citizens in the county and 300K library card holders, many households having one card for all the members of the family, then many of the citizens in Gwinnett are using the library. 8500 people walking through the door every day on average, wtih another 16K linking through the library webpage. Thats a lot of hits.

The Suwanee Branch is one of the busiest libraries in the system. I'm sorry that Kevin is not finding materials there to his liking, but I'm sure that if he were to talk with a librarian they would be happy to help you find something. There are over 80K items in their collection.

The only thing stopping you from taking advantage of this wonderful service that is provided to us by our tax dollars is you. Before you make decisions, come into the library, see how many people are using the library, job seekers, mothers with children, students studying, business people researching. It is quite a busy place. And the best customer service that I have ever received from a tax funded service.

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