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Big things are in the books for libraries in Winnipeg–pending budget approval.

With about $3.4 million in funding help from the Manitoba government, the City of Winnipeg’s preliminary budget is set to provide over $7-million to city libraries.

Mayor Scott Gillingham said the funds will be divvied up for “more library hours and more library materials and programing, more safety measures, and the construction of a new library to accommodate our growing population.”

The city says over half of the cash will go towards the construction of the new library in the city’s northwest, with another $1.8 million going towards improving security. Already in the budget, libraries will have an extra $465,500 for books and other materials and $134,500 to work with for new programming.

As far as hours go, the city says it will work at having libraries open on Wednesdays throughout the year, whilst increasing Sunday hours by 50 per cent during the colder months.

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