Enhancing library services at the north end of the City is back in the Strategic Plan!
On July 8, 2021 Victoria City Council voted to remove
"providing library services in the north end of the city" from the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan.
Your emails changed their minds!
Residents of the city's most marginalized neighbourhoods need easy access to library services. They shouldn't have to wait another 15 months, just because a feasibility study about redeveloping or moving the Central Branch is underway!
Basic library services like internet access and a book return drop box should be provided to people without any library service before improving service for people who already have a library close to home.
Please keep providing library services in the north end of the city in the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan.
At the July 8, 2021 Committee of the Whole meeting, a majority of City Council members voted to remove "Work with the Greater Victoria Public Library to provide library services in the north end of the city" priority from the City’s Strategic Plan.
This and other amendments to the Strategic Plan are scheduled to receive the final approval of City Council on Thursday July 22nd.
The Councillors who favour removing 'providing library services in the north end of the city' from the strategic plan said that they feel it is unrealistic to improve library services at the north end of the city while the 15-month feasibility study to look at redeveloping or moving the Central Branch is underway. You can watch the debate on this at 3:28:23 of the July 8th Committee of the Whole meeting here: https://bit.ly/2UeE22v
Does completing a feasibility study about the future of the Central Branch need to preclude the city from improving library services for residents of its most marginalized neighbourhood? It seems that low-cost improvements like installing drop boxes for returning library books at the Oaklands or Quadra Village Community Centres, having the mobile book cart visit northern neighbourhoods weekly, or setting up a pop-up library during the summer, when school libraries are not accessible, could be undertaken in the meantime.
A feasibility study to plan for a new library branch at the north end of the city could also be undertaken concurrent with the Central Library study.
Victoria Needs a Hillside Library Petition
In January 2019, HQ Collective presented a petition signed by over 1600 residents to City Council, to let them know that we need a neighbourhood library at the north end of the City.
Jenn led a team of people from Hillside-Quadra, Oaklands, and North Park who are advocating for a Hillside Neighbourhood Library. With over 1600 signatures on the petition and the backing of the Oaklands and Quadra Village Community Centres, she has succeeded in getting a library at the north end of the city added to the 2019-2022 Draft Strategic Plan.
Providing Feedback in City Consultations
Participation in the City's Strategic Plan Engagement Summit
Jenn was one of only 4 people from Hillside-Quadra who participated in the City of Victoria's 2019-2022 full day Strategic Plan Engagement Summit in January 2019, to advocate for community improvements.
Hillside-Quadra Collective is a registered non-profit organization.