Saskatchewan’s online library catalogue has been turned back on.
“As of this morning, the borders between libraries in the province were reopened, and the entire online catalogue is available to Saskatchewan residents,” Jeff Barber, Regina Public Library Director and CEO, said.
The ability to borrow items from across the province was closed off as a result of funding cuts in the province’s 2017 budget. When funding was restored on April 24, libraries were once again able to support province-wide use of the system.
The provincial government said it would restore funding for Saskatchewan libraries back to the 2016-17 funding levels.
That announcement ensured the government will provide $4.8 million in addition to the $3.5 million that was announced on budget day March 22.
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The provincial catalogue is a joint system managed by the province’s eight regions and two urban libraries. It enables anyone from anywhere in the province to request items and have them delivered to their home library.
According to Barber, library directors across the province will be meeting with government officials in the months ahead to review the system and determine whether changes or improvements can be made.