An increase of $90,000 per year until 2021 to enhance safety and security at the Lethbridge Public Library's (LPL) main branch was approved by City Council today.
Following an internal assessment of staff, customer feedback and consultation with a number of other public libraries, LPL chief executive officer, Terra Plato, says the changes to the security model made to date have had a positive impact.
"We have better control over who is in the building and are better able to manage and assess risk," says Plato. "We require additional funding to continue our new security model so that we can provide a safe and inclusive space for our community."
Councillor Mark Campbell brought forward the resolution and believes while the security concerns at the LPL's main branch aren't ideal, action is needed to keep the community resource a welcoming place for residents.
"Libraries provide so much to so many in terms of engagement, learning and belonging and regardless of what social difficulties exist in a city," says Councillor Campbell.
Mayor Chris Spearman says taking active steps towards providing a safe and secure space for all is integral to the community.
"We know that public libraries are essential to healthy communities," says Mayor Spearman. "The downtown branch is one of the keys to maintaining a vibrant downtown core, providing programming, spaces and events for everyone, nearly every day of the year, including evenings and weekends."
The funding is to be sourced from the Municipal Revenue Stabilization Reserve and is a total of $180,000.00 over two years.
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