Boulder City Magazine® December 2010/January 2011 Issue
by S. Lynn Schofield-Dahl, Director
Boulder City Library
The recent recession has hit many libraries, too. At a time when libraries are serving more people than ever, the cost for books and magazines is up. The cost for paper and toner is up. The cost for utilities is up.
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|Many of the libraries in our area have cut back on personnel and service hours to the public. Some libraries are trimming back or charging for services to the public as well.
At the Boulder City Library, we have not had to cut back on our library hours, and we only lost a few staff hours when a staff member retired.
We are proud to have been able to maintain our hours to the public and our current services without increasing the Tax Levy that supports the Operating Budget for several years.
However, we find that we are not going to be able to maintain all of our services without increasing some of our fees to the public.
In July, we discontinued the practice of offering free computer print-outs because our paper and toner costs had almost tripled. We charge ten cents for each page printed out, distributing the cost for that service among the people who use it.
In January of 2011, we will increase some other fees at the library. Our overdue materials fees will be $.25 per item per day. If you have 3 items late for 1 day, your fine would be $.75. We have a ceiling on our fees, so as long as you return the materials in good condition, the largest Overdue Fee you would be asked to pay for any one item is $10. To help people keep fees at a manageable rate, anyone who owes the library $2.50 will not be able to check-out materials until that fee is taken care of.
Another change is the addition of a $5 processing fee for materials that are lost or damaged.
These increased fees will impact only those who have overdue materials or who lose or damage materials. We regret the need to increase fees, but we are happy to be able to maintain our normal hours of operations and to keep offering great services to the public.
You can find out more by visiting our web site at www.bclibrary.org
P.O. Box 61901
Boulder City, Nevada 89006
Phone (702) 331-3123
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