Helen Power-Lewis, a librarian at the Confederation Centre Public Library in Charlottetown, stocks book shelves. Library officials are reporting increased usage this year, possibly due to the tough economic times. Guardian photo
A Charlottetown librarian is encouraging Islanders looking for ways to save money to turn to their local libraries.
Libraries across Canada seem to have been getting busier due to the rough economy and Prince Edward Island doesn't look to be much different.
The Library Nova Scotia website is reporting that library usage across that province was up by 4.5 per cent in late 2008 as compared to the same time a year earlier.
In P.E.I., Trina O'Brien Leggott, chief librarian for the Confederation Centre Public Library, says the library seems to be busier than last year.
She said general circulation, which includes everything from books and magazines to DVDs and CDs, is up five per cent from this time last year and 2,400 people used the library's Internet service in March of this year compared to 2,000 in March 2008.
O'Brien Leggott said there was actually a slight dip in Internet users in January but said that was probably a result of bad weather which caused the library to open late and close early throughout the month.
People who had not used the library in several years have been returning lately, she said.
"We are certainly aware of the trends in libraries to become busier during times of recession."
She said new items are being ordered all the time, but notes that there may be waiting lists, especially for popular items such as DVDs.
But for those with a little bit of patience she recommends the library as a great way to save money.