Morinville – Sturgeon County residents will now pay the same rate as Morinville residents for their library cards after the library’s board voted in favour of user fee parity. The change in County rates took effect Sept. 17 and Sturgeon County residents will now pay $10 for an adult, $6 for children and seniors, and $20 for a family. Membership fees are good for one year from date of activation.
Morinville Community Library Manager Isabelle Cramp is encouraging any County resident who has not yet renewed their library card or who would like to get a Morinville card to come in and take advantage of the new matched rate.
“We are going into a new era for this library and we need to recognize the fact that our patrons must have the same access to the library at the same cost,” Cramp said, adding the library board made the decision to match the rates to allow that to happen. “We want to be on par with the other organizations in town that provide recreational entertainment for the community and for Sturgeon County. The rates are the same everywhere – so ours should be the same as well.”
New rates coming
With a new, larger facility and a soon-to-be-expanded offering of programs at the library, there is a need for additional funding to provide the high level of service.
Cramp said library card rates will be increasing in 20013, the first increase to user rates in about five years.
“The library’s rates have been the same for quite a few years now,” she said. “We feel with the new space we have; with the new programing we are going into; with everything we’ve done to make this space so much more, we need now to also take a look at our rates and slightly increase them to reflect that we are now offering them more.”
Part of the increase in services could be the addition of more staff at the library. Cramp said current traffic flow through the facility is presenting the library with the probability of hiring another staff member in 2013. “Since we’ve reopened the library fully, we’ve been extra busy,” she said. “There’s every indication that we will keep on being busy. In 2013 this will most probably result in a staffing increase for the library to keep up with customer service and still be actively responsive to customer service, and also to make sure all the work we do in the background is done on a timely basis.”
Opportunity for all patrons to save
Although Cramp said card fees will increase a small amount in 2013, all patrons have an opportunity to avoid those increases for a couple more years. “Anyone can sign up for a library card for three years,” she said. “Anyone who wants to do their library card for three years can do that and it will lock them in for three years.”
For more information on services and fees, contact the Morinville Public Library at 780-939-3292.