(10 Nov 2023) Times are tight, for local councils as much as anyone, so it’s not surprising they’re running a ruler over all their services. That includes libraries.
From Auckland’s Wayne Brown suggesting they could be staffed by volunteers; to Christchurch’s Phil Mauger saying last month that community libraries were just “buildings with some books in them” as he proposed shutdowns; these community facilities seem to always bear the brunt of cost cuts.
Reduced hours, staff redundancies, and closed doors on Sundays have all been on the agenda.
RNZ has more details here.