As part of its Financially Fit initiative, in response to funding challenges of its own, the City of Medicine Hat cut library funding by about $140,000 between 2019 and 2021.
Through the COVID-19 pandemic, with library closures and service restrictions, it was relatively easy for the library to manage this cut. Coming out of COVID, we now have to make permanent adjustments.
Moving forward, the Library's pre-pandemic hours have been adjusted, including closure on Monday nights and Sundays during the summer. These times were picked because they were comparatively less busy.
We appreciate the funding and other support the City continues to provide, and their equitable treatment of the Library. We also appreciate the kind support and generosity of the community as a whole. We apologize for any inconvenience these adjustments may create.
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