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In the last fiscal year, which ended in June, the district distributed the second-highest level of materials in its history, Pointon said. The amount of materials checked out has increased by 21 percent since 2011.
White Oak is not the only library district that has had problems passing a referendum.
The Plainfield Public Library District stopped trying after facing stiff opposition in referendum attempts in 2016 and 2017.
Plainfield was unable to pass a building bond referendum to expand its crowded library building.
The library is trying to save $250,000 a year to eventually create additional space. The last building bond referendum was for $25 million, so realistically, the district is looking for alternative ways to create space, library Director Lisa Pappas said.
The library has reduced spending elsewhere by closing on Sundays year-round and not filling some positions when staff leaves.
Pappas said Plainfield, too, is seeing increased use of the library while it makes cutbacks.
“It’s definitely challenging,” she said. “With all the changes in technology, a lot of people think there’s no need for libraries. That’s not true. Libraries are used more than ever.”