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Citizens of Victoria, Before you pass judgement on the library go and see for yourself, if the library is used as much as they claim it is. I have gone and I must say I saw several young people on chat sites and other sites that I found not to be very educational. Once again I am not saying that the library doesn't offer educational opportunities to the citizens of Victoria County, I am merely stating that it is being over exagerated on how much it is used. Does it really justify the tax dollars used by the city and county? I think the library offers the citizens a lot of different things, they have a great childrens section, and an awesome computer data base, a history and geneaogy section. I've gotten great use out of the library,here's the problem, the library as great as it has been for me is a heavy tax burden for the tax payers of Victoria. There is an equally great library at the Victoria College with the exception of the children's services. The only negative think that could be said about the college library would be the hours. Everything else about the college library is just as good or better than the public library. It's just a thought but if tax dollars go to both the public library and college library why not combine the two or try to find a compromise, it would save the taxpayers a whole lot of money. I really think the people of Victoria should go to the public library and see if it is being used as much as it is being advertised and if it justifies the tax dollars being spent on it when there is an equally or better library just down the road at the College. I would want my child to get an early understanding of the library that he/she would be going to school at in the near future. I've used both the college and public library, I think both are great, I just don't think both are needed. With the additions of all the new schools why don't the city reach an agreement with the VISD and make their academic libraries mure accesible to the public. Just a thought.
Okay, here's what I don't understand: Less employees and less business hours. How are those two things GOOD?
"The economy might have hurt some businesses in the Crossroads, but it has been a boon for the Victoria Public Library.
Users of the library will find that facility open fewer hours later this month and operated by a smaller staff as the city deals with budget cuts.
Future cuts include reducing operating hours on Wednesdays, when the library is normally open from 9 am. to 9 p.m. Beginning April 21, the Wednesday hours will be 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m."