From the Toronto Star:
“The Urban Affairs branch of the Toronto Public Library will be closing it doors for good after months of budget negotiations between the board and city council.
On Tuesday the library board voted to approve its budget, which doesn’t include money to keep the branch open.”
The branch doesn’t just serve municipal researchers and planners, but also the residents of the area around Metro Hall, including students. With university and college libraries becoming busier each day, many students are opting to study in other locations, particularly public libraries. Libraries are not just made up of the collections and information they provide, but also of the space they provide, and that space is – I would argue – every bit as important as the information.
What would the effects be of your neighbourhood branch closing? How would it affect you and your meighbourhood?