Libraries are not just a cheap way to access books. They are an important community space, especially for seniors and families and young children. St. John’s has a significant library shortage.
The Province should pay for new libraries in St. John’s. Although it commissioned an Ernst & Young report that concluded that municipal governments contribute more in other provinces, municipal governments in other provinces can take on more responsibilities because they receive more provincial funding. [See Taxes on Provincial Property].
Until the Province steps up, Council can try to build support, outline our needs and hopes, and raise funds for construction.