New public library in Cospicua
Residents of Cospicua and nearby villages can now make use of a new public library which was inaugurated by the Cospicua local council and Parliamentary Secretary for Consumers, Fair Competition, Local Councils and Public Dialogue Chris Said yesterday.
The new library will be run and administered by members of the local council as well as by members of the national library and archive department.
Taking the opportunity to say a few words, Dr Said gave a short summary on the history of the previous library in Cospicua, which was interspersed in the village’s government school, before adding that since January 1999, the local councils’ sterling work across Malta and Gozo has seen the establishment of 53 local libraries, seven of which, in Hal Luqa, Mosta, Vittoriosa, Birkirkara, Qormi, Rabat (Malta) and Paola are classified as regional libraries.
Dr Said stated that over the course of last year alone, 267,671 books were borrowed from these seven regional libraries, with an extra 170,672 borrowed from other libraries across Malta and Gozo. In total, 438,343 books were borrowed.
Dr Said concluded by saying that in the last five years, local councils which have library facilities have benefited from approximately €170,000 in funds allocated solely for such purposes. Opposition spokesman for local government Stefan Buontempo was also present and said that this poject will be of benefit to the residents of Cospicua.