Parkland Regional Library System, which services libraries in Central Alberta has analyzed budget data of their member libraries in 2022. It is clear that libraries have faced many challenges in the last several years, and have stepped up to the plate to serve their communities in different ways.
In 2022, inflation was a leading factor in budgetary challenges for all Albertans, and libraries were no different. 43% of Parkland member libraries had a deficit budget in 2022, meaning they had to take money from reserves to cover expenses. This trend is troubling because it is clearly not sustainable. Library funding will need to increase if library services are to remain the same. Cutting hours, programming, and collection budgets is a likely consequence of inflation.
Last year, member libraries of Parkland circulated 1,256,988 items to communities in Central Alberta. Anyone that has a library card has access to the shared collection of 678,471 books, audiobooks, and large print items. You can also gain access to apps that have eResources like eBooks and eAudiobooks to read or download to your device at any time. High-speed internet as well as computers and printing services are offered as well.
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