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City of Richmond to launch review of library services

Richmond city hall is looking to spend up to $110,000 on a consultant to draft a long range plan for Richmond Public Library.

According to a new request for proposal, the library’s branches are “inadequate” in size to meet current demand.

Council authorized the review earlier this year, in part because of the growing use of digital devices to access information. Changing demographics have also prompted the review, as Richmond boasts the highest proportion of foreign-born residents, 57 per cent, among Canadian cities.

Approximately half of Richmond’s population has a personal library card, and 80 per cent of residents use the library. Richmond’s library is the most used among large urban libraries in Canada, according to the city.

Richmond has five public library branches, the largest being Brighouse at the Richmond Cultural Centre.

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