State officials are considering consolidating public library service for disabled patrons, and the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries could win or lose in that decision.
It’s too early to know whether the Georgia Public Library Service will reduce its eight centers for the disabled to four and which ones would survive such a cut, but that’s the discussion CVL director Alan Harkness heard at a state meeting this week.
“The state is getting pressure from the Office of Planning and Budget as to how to run that service statewide more efficiently, and we don’t know how that’s going to impact us,” Harkness told the Muscogee County Library Board at Thursday’s meeting.
The Columbus Library for Accessible Services (CLASS), headquartered on the third floor of the Columbus Public Library, is part of a free national program that offers books and magazines in audio format and in Braille to patrons with a visual or physical disability. All materials and equipment are sent to the borrowers and returned by postage-free mail.