The Southwick Public Library is a Town owned facility and Town Department. Most of the funding to operate the Library comes from town funds appropriated at the Annual Town Meeting in May of each year.
Library Budget Background
As a town department the Library submits a proposed budget annually for consideration by the Select Board, the Finance Committee (FinCom) and ultimately voters at the Annual Town Meeting held in May of each year. At this time the Library has not reduced hours of operation to the public but is reducing the purchase of materials for the public. The number of Library users continues to increase as does the requests for materials from other libraries, etc.
Support for State Funding of Libraries in MA.
The State of MA. budget for in recent fiscal years has been lower than it was more than a decade ago which impacts delivery, databases, local aid to libraries and staffing of the MBLC (state library agency). As a result grants to local libraries (including Southwick) may be reduced this coming year. The Southwick Public Library has been assisted with the annual cost of the regional library system (C/W Mars) and it is expected to be eliminated for the next fiscal year. The result is a potential reduction in the frequency of deliveries to the library and a reduction in the number of databases for access to library staff and the public. At the local level spending on new books and other materials may be reduced from the current funding levels. _____________________________________________________________________________
If you would like to assist the Southwick Public Library you can do so by making a contribution to the Friends of the Southwick Public Library and mailing it to:
Friends of the Southwick Public Library Inc. PO Box 727 Southwick, MA 01077
The Friends of the Southwick Public Library is a 501(c)(3) charitable as approved by the Internal Revenue Service. Charitable contributions for 2013 should be given by the end of December for 2013. Contact your tax advisor for more information.
In the alternative send a check to the Southwick Public Library (make check payable to Town of Southwick) to the address shown below and request that it be put into the Gift Account. Charitable gifts made direct to the Library are tax deductible to the extent of federal tax law since the Library is part of the Town of Southwick.
Southwick Public Library 95 Feeding Hills Road Southwick, MA 01077
The Friends of the Southwick Public Library typically hold two fundraising activities each year for the Library. For more information click here or call the Library at 569-1221. For more information on the Friends click on the Home page of this website.