Frequently Asked Questions
Our library is still operating like a small start-up library. This isn’t a sustainable model and was never intended to be the final stage in our development. We’re ready to move to the next level and are asking the voters if they’re ready for the next level too.
Libraries are placed in class sizes based upon the size of the population served. Class IV libraries serve populations of 12,000-25,999. Harrison Township’s population of 24,587 is within the upper limits of this class size.
The Harrison Township Library will ask voters for 1 mil for 10 years on the August 4th ballot. The 1 mil will replace the existing .5 mil that expires in 2023.
Our library is crucial to helping our community recover from the effects of the COVID-19 virus. People need our computers for resumes, job applications, continuing education, and government assistance. During times of economic downturn, public libraries face a "perfect storm" where library resources are in high demand and funding sources shrink. All four major sources of funding for our library, penal fines, state aid, property tax revenue, and contributions from our Friends group are expected to decrease. Our limited resources and limited hours are already not enough for a community of our size.
The library is asking the voters for 1 mil for 10 years on the August 4th ballot. The 1 mil WILL replace the existing half mil. The library WILL NOT collect more than 1 mil if the millage passes. If we could have written it as a replacement, we would have. Legally, millages can be written in two ways 1. as a new millage or 2. as a renewal of an existing millage. Our ballot language cannot revoke a previously approved millage. However, what we can do is adopt a resolution that the library will only collect 1 mil and that is exactly what the library board intends to do immediately after the millage passes.
$40,000 for needed technology upgrades including:
- Faster Internet
- New public desktop computers and 5 new laptops to double the number of computers at
- New children’s computers with touch-screens
- Booster antennas for better wi-fi
- Cell phone booster for better cell phone service in the library
Extended business hours
The library will increase its business hours by 13%
and be open for at least 50 hours a week.
Double the programs
The library will increase its program budget by 100% allowing for more library programs.
Double the electronic resources
The library will increase its electronic resources budget by 100% allowing for more electronic resources to decrease wait times and support our
students of all ages.
The library will purchase outdoor lockers for non-contact anytime pickup including after-hours pickup.
More for our future
Funds will be used to save for a future space that will bring us closer to state averages for a community of our size. We know we need more space for a larger collection, more computers, community meeting space, and a library program room so we can continue to serve as a valuable resource and meet the demand in our community.
Waving fines is one way to remove barriers and allow everyone to use library resources. Library fines have a greater impact on lower income families and can even prevent access to the library’s free resources for those who need it most. Fines can also keep children from summer reading or keep those on fixed incomes, like seniors, from the resources they need. Recent studies have shown that more library materials come back and more people use fine free libraries.
Removing fines means better access to free resources for those who need it most.