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CUPE Alberta president Dennis Mol is calling on Calgary’s new mayor and council to scrap cutbacks to city libraries.

Calgary Libraries have announced a $2.8 million cut to services, including a reduction in hours and programs.

Libraries promote literacy, and are community hubs,” said Mol. “We need more library services, not less.”

CUPE Local 1169, which represents employees at Calgary Libraries, has started a letter writing campaign to encourage City Hall to reverse the cuts. A standing committee of council will meet on November 2.

Access to information is a cornerstone of democracy,” said Mol. “Libraries provide equal access and assistance to all citizens, regardless of income, education level, or personal resources.”