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Updated: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:22:16 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

City of Winnipeg to beef up libraries in 2014 budget



Readers are looking for more books reflecting First Nations culture. The city said Monday it will increase the budget for libraries in next year's budget. CBC

Readers are looking for more books reflecting First Nations culture. The city said Monday it will increase the budget for libraries in next year's budget. CBC

Winnipeggers want access to more e-books and magazines, more materials reflecting First Nations and they want their reading material in their own languages.

The City of Winnipeg says it's listening.

In a news release Monday, the city said the 2014 budget calls for an 11 per cent increase in spending on six key areas identified through public surveys, statistics and trends.

That would be an additional $300,000 to beef up resources for children, youth and adults and would bring the amount the city spends on library materials to $3,084,770 for 2014.

The city would also buy more high demand books including fiction and bestseller to cut down on waiting lists and give readers faster access.

The funding proposal will be tabled at a meeting of the Executive Policy Committee on November 29, and will go before council December 17, 2013.

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