Ten months after Waikato district book lovers were outraged at losing access to the Hamilton libraries the city council has welcomed rural readers back.
From Monday, July 1, 23,000 people in the Waikato district, including those in Tamahere and Matangi, can once again borrow books freely from their closest city libraries.
Hamilton City Council re-approved shared library services with the Waikato District Council at a meeting this week.
The library services agreement will run for three years from this July with the district council contributing $199,235 plus GST annually for the service.
The agreement covers approximately 8000 district households in the southern part of the area.
Click here for a list of roads where residents qualify for free library access.
Click here for a map of the area where residents qualify for library access.
Waikato Mayor Allan Sanson said he was pleased with the city’s decision, which represented “a fair deal.”
“Our residents living near to Hamilton city will again be able to have open access to Hamilton’s libraries. This is an example of one of the many things our two councils are working through for the benefit of our collective population,” Sanson said.
Hamilton Mayor Andrew King said growth in Hamilton and the wider region was exciting and was producing economic and social benefits. Closer collaboration between the councils was a key factor in ensuring quality, sustainable growth in coming decades, he said.
“This libraries agreement is a tangible example of how closer relationships between councils can provide benefits for the people we serve. We recognise our people live, work and socialise in their communities of interest, regardless of territorial boundaries. I’ve been very appreciative of the way staff and elected members between our councils have been able to work through this agreement in a way which puts our residents first,” King said.
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