Publishers and authors are suffering because of cuts to purchases of their books by Irish public libraries, according to a recent Irish Times report.
The budget for new books in Galway city and county’s 30 libraries was cut from €550,000 to €100,000 at the start of the year, according to the Library Council. That's a staggering cut and a real blow to the libraries who do such a fantastic job.
From the article by Genevieve Carberry:
Galway Library has had to limit daily newspapers mainly to city branches and cut the number of new books to one between all branches, Maureen Moran, senior executive librarian at Galway Library, said yesterday. She said Galway libraries were busier than ever as “it is one of the few places you can go now without spending any money”.
ONE copy of each new book between ALL branches!!!! Oh, my God...