The Lie-Brary

Does anyone go to the library anymore?

Sometime last year I was talking to a member of the armadillo hat club about the Clermont Library debacle when he said that we should close it down along with most of the others.  It was a little off topic from the SPLOST conversation, but since conspiracies tend to take tangents we went with it.

The Hall County Library system has 6 branches: Gainesville, Spout Springs, Blackshear Place, East Hall, Murrayville and Clermont.  It is funny that they would almost be listed in the order of visitors.  You could almost say that the Library board listed the branches in order of importance.  One of our members has a friend that is a “friends of the library”, and actually has a sheet that shows circulation, collections, visits, and hours open.

Here are some 2010 statistics:

Gainesville

Spout Springs

Blackshear Place

East Hall

Murrayville

Clermont

Visits

220,696

153,912

114,971

35,240

36,240

9,503

Circulation

324,389

314,236

190,003

35,372

49,613

14,510

Collection

124,239

70,121

66,661

17,774

16,492

5,162

Hours of Computer Use

74,661

25,446

30,652

7,287

6,995

1,448

Hours Open

2,854

2,779

2,772

1,850

2,047

1,509

If you look at the combined numbers of East Hall, Murrayville, and Clermont, they don’t even add up to the Blackshear Place Library.

When you look at the budget, the county spends $2.338m each year on the library system.  By closing half of the libraries (the 3 smallest: East Hall, Murrayville, and Clermont) the county could probably save another million dollars.  I wouldn’t guess that we would save half because the other libraries are larger and probably require more people.

I propose that we close East Hall, Murrayville, and Clermont.  When the county coffers return to full strength, we can talk about opening the new “technology center” in Napone road as a replacement.  I am going to claim this as a $1m savings.  Add this to the $8.8 from yesterday, and we are on a roll.

Next up: Parks.

Hugh Hall County Akston

  1 comment for “The Lie-Brary

  1. Sad StateofAffairs
    June 1, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I disagree with this completely. Removing the libraries from the most rural areas is a slap in the face of the public library program. This is one area of our spending that is actually beneficial to everyone.

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