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Impacts of Budget Cuts to OLS-N & SOLS on “day-to-day operations of Ontario’s Public Libraries”

Impacts of Budget Cuts to OLS-N & SOLS on “day-to-day operations of Ontario’s Public Libraries”

April 19, 2019

Ontario Library Service – North and Southern Ontario Library Service are arm’s length agencies that have no involvement in the day-to-day operations of Ontario’s Public Libraries.
Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

In 2017-18, SOLS facilitated almost 440,000 borrowing requests from libraries and delivered almost 710,000 packages on our courier routes.
— Southern Ontario Library Service. 2017-18 Annual Report

On April 16, 2019, Barbara Franchetto, Chief Executive Officer of Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) announced that the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport would be cutting the SOLS 2019-20 budget by more than 50%. Ontario Library Service-North (OLS-N) was also presented with a 50% budget cut for the current fiscal year.

In a statement on April 18, 2019, Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, said that SOLS and OLS-N “have no involvement in the day-to-day operations of Ontario’s Public Libraries.”

On the same day, SOLS announced that its interlibrary loan delivery service will permanently cease to operate, effective April 26, 2019. The 24 drivers (full time, part time and occasional) employed by SOLS to deliver the interlibrary loans would be losing the jobs. In 2017-18, SOLS facilitated almost 440,000 borrowing requests from libraries and its drivers delivered almost 710,000 packages.

Public libraries across Ontario followed with announcements to their communities.

Southern Ontario Library Service

Aurora Public Library

Barrie Public Library

Bonnechere Union Public Library

Bracebridge Public Library

(County of) Brant Public Library

Brantford Public Library

Brighton Public Library

Brockville Public Library

Bruce County Public Library

Carleton Place Public Library

Chatham-Kent Public Library

Clarence-Rockland Public Library

Clearview Public Library

Collingwood Public Library

Deep River Public Library

East Gwillimbury Public Library

Essa Township Public Library

Fort Frances Public Library

Gananoque Public Library

Georgina Public Library

Greater Sudbury Public Library

Haldimand County Public Library

Haliburton County Public Library

Hornepayne Public Library

Kawartha Lakes Public Library

Kitchener Public Library

Leeds and the Thousand Islands Public Library

Madoc Public Library

Meaford Public Library

Merrickville Public Library

Middlesex County Library

Midland Public Library

Mississippi Mills Public Library

Newmarket Public Library

Niagara Falls Public Library

Niagara on the Lake Public Library

Norfolk County Public Library

North Bay Public Library

North Grenville Public Library

North Perth Public Library

Orillia Public Library

Otonabee – South Monaghan Public Library

Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library

Pelham Public Library

Pembroke Public Library

Perth & District Union Public Library

Perth East Public Library

Petawawa Public Library

Peterborough Public Library

Port Colborne Public Library

Powassan & District Union Public Library

Rainy River Public Library

Red Rock Public Library

Richmond Hill Public Library

St. Mary’s Public Library

Schreiber Public Library

Scugog Public Library

Shelburne Public Library

Six Nations Public Library

Springwater Public Library

Stratford Public Library

Thorold Public Library


Trent Hills Public Library

Vaughan Public Libraries

Waterloo Public Library

Whitewater Region Public Library

Woodstock Public Library

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