If you are planning to drive to the Fresno County Central Library to avail yourself of library services, you will need to bring some quarters. The installation of a fence surrounding the back parking lot has eliminated the only convenient free parking for library customers.
The fence costing $173,160 will house “County and Library designated vehicles only.” Library administrators rationalized this change as a way to reduce library costs and improve delivery of library materials and programs. In reality, it has resulted in fewer individuals using library services.
Circulation figures for June show that 4,758 fewer materials were checked out compared to this same period in 2015. Volunteer hours are also being impacted. Genealogical Society members volunteering their time to the Central Library’s Heritage Center are concerned with walking longer distances and receiving parking tickets.
A better use for our taxes would be to provide more library materials and programs rather than a fenced restricted parking lot.
Jane Worsley, Fresno