February 17, 2018

Volusia County Library May Face Branch Closures

By LJ Staff

The Volusia County Library, Daytona Beach, FL will have to close branches or forego an expansion program, after the County Council voted in September to keep property tax revenue flat, according to the Orlando Sentinel. That means a shortfall of $4 million for the 16-branch library system, which has a $23.2 million budget. Mike Knievel, the Library Services director, said that seven branches, including six regional ones, are critical because they serve as shelters during emergencies. The library plans to double the size of the busiest branch, Deltona Regional, but the cost has risen to about $12 million and the expanded library would cost more to operate. County Chairman Frank Bruno told the newspaper that council members did not support closing branches. Possible ways to increase revenue, Knievel said, include raising fines and charging a rental fee for no-wait service on especially popular materials.