List of NL Public Library Branches Closing

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libraryclosedsignNewfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries (NLPL) has released a list of the 54 branches that will be closing. According to CBC, 64 workers are expected to lose their jobs because of the closures.

Half of the libraries will be closing in 2016-2017:

Arnold’s Cove Public Library
Bay St. George South Public Library
Buchans Public Library
Cartwright Public Library
Trinity Bay North Public Library
Centreville Public Library
Change Islands Public Library
Churchill Falls Public Library
Codroy Valley Public Library
Cow Head Public Library
Fogo Public Library
Glovertown Public Library
Greenspond Public Library
Hare Bay/Dover Public Library
Harry’s Harbour Public Library
Hermitage Public Library
King’s Point Public Library
Lark Harbour Public Library
Lourdes Public Library
Lumsden Public Library
John B. Wheeler Public Library (Musgrave Harbour)
Point Leamington Public Library
Port au Port Public Library
Ramea Public Library
Sop’s Arm Public Library
Winterton Public Library
Woody Point Public Library

The remaining 27 will close in 2017-2018:

Bell Island Public Library
Bishop’s Falls Public Library
Brigus Public Library
Trinity Bay North Public Library
Cormack Public Library
Daniel’s Harbour Public Library
Fortune Public Library
Fox Harbour Public Library
Garnish Public Library
Gaultois Public Library
Glenwood Public Library
Harbour Grace Public Library
La Scie Public Library
Norris Arm Public Library
Norris Point Public Library
Pouch Cove Public Library
Robert’s Arm Public Library
Seal Cove Public Library
Southern Harbour Public Library
St. Alban’s Public Library
St. Bride’s Public Library
St. George’s Public Library
Stephenville Crossing Public Library
Summerford Public Library
Trepassey Public Library
Victoria Memorial Public Library
Wabush Public Library

The NLLA has been vocal about the impact of these closures on the people of our province particularly as the closures will mainly impact rural areas and school libraries. In a province with the lowest literacy rates (only the Northwest Territories and Nunavut have lower numbers) closing over half of our public libraries is very concerning. If you are opposed to the cuts to our province’s public library, check out the NLLA’s Take Action to express your opinion to Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Dale Kirby and your local MHA.

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