Jersey Library faces 'challenges' with funding cuts

Standards at Jersey's Public Library are under threat from government spending cuts, a report by the States auditor general has found.

The 20-year-old building in Halkett Place in St Helier needs maintenance work done and there is a lack of space for studying.

Paperback loans have been increased 200% in the past five years to save money.

But the report warns of "challenging" times a head for Jersey Library.

Chief librarian Pat Davies told BBC Jersey: "There's the danger in the future that if the budget does get squeezed, maintaining the quality of this flagship building will be a challenge".

She said they still have the original "high quality" furniture from when the library was built in 1989.

"I would hate to see the day when we have to replace the wooden upholstered furniture with plastic stacking chairs."

Despite the funding pressures the auditor general's report found the library meets most of the UK's national standards for public libraries and achieves a high level of user satisfaction.

Half a million books are borrowed each year and half of all islanders have a library card.

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