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Ventura City Council To Discuss Future of Libraries

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 2:51pm

The Ventura City Council is set to look at some recommendations tonight (11/14) regarding the future of its library system.

The city’s libraries have been a hot button issue in the community since 2009, when budget issues prompted the Ventura County Library system to shut down one of its three facilities, the H.P. Wright Library.

The city hired a consultant to look at options for the system, which range from staying with the county system, to pulling out and either running the libraries itself, or contracting with a private company to handle services.  The consultants recommend that the city stick with the county, but try to negotiate a better contract.

The consultant is also calling for the opening of a small library to serve the city’s east side, but a citizens committee is recommending that the council reject the plan, noting there isn’t guaranteed funding to keep a new facility open.  The council will take up the library issues at it 6 p.m. meeting tonight, at Ventura City Hall.

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