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Alberta Public Libraries
Most of the funding for public libraries in Alberta
comes from their own communities through municipal taxes. Because
public libraries share their resources and cooperate in providing
materials and services to support all Albertans, the Province also
contributes. Libraries supplement this core service funding by
selling library cards, collecting fines and fees for late materials,
and by applying for project grants. Many libraries also work with a
non-profit Library Friends group that can advocate and raise funds
on the library's behalf. Most, if not all, of the funds raised by
public libraries goes toward equipment, books, materials, or
services that directly benefit the public.
In a typical year, Strathcona County Library
receives the largest portion of its funding from its municipality,
Strathcona County. As a service organization open to the public 69
hours each week, the library's largest expenditure is staffing.
Since moving to the Sherwood Park Mall in 1992, the library has
spent the next largest amount on leasing its space. In 2006, County
Council approved the building of a new library as part of the
Community Centre facility in Centre in the Park. The decision was
made to spread the one-time costs for this project over several
years, and a series of reserves and debentures were set in place.
STRATHCONA COUNTY LIBRARY | (780) 410-8600