Penticton library cutting Sunday service

PENTICTON - Rising costs mean the Penticton Public Library will no longer open on Sundays.

Increasing costs combined with no budget increases for the library for 2016 resulted in the Penticton Public Library Board of Directors making the decision to cut Sunday’s opening hours, effective immediately, Chief Librarian Heather Buzzell says in a release.

“We strive to provide the best possible service to the community and while we regret this decision, increasing costs require us to shift resources, investing in key areas to improve our services overall,” Library Board Chair Linda King says.

Other options looked at by the board included reducing the book acquisitions budget, which has also been static since 2012. Both print and e-books are expected to increase in price in 2016.

The board also looked at cuts to planned upgrades for the library’s computers and website.

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