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The proof is in a library petition that has united the city and garnered more signatures than the mayor received in votes during the civic election.

The Save the Regina Public Library Petition had 26,048 Regina residents signatures by the time it was filed with the city clerk on March 5 42 per cent more names than required to force a binding referendum on the issue.

The petition calls on city council to provide sufficient funds to the library board to prevent the closures of three inner city libraries, the Prairie History Room and the Dunlop Art Gallery.

Nearly 30 library workers, members of CUPE 1594, will lose their jobs on May 1 unless the city and the library board respect the publics wishes and rescind the cuts.

Vanessa Thorson, spokesperson for the Friends of the Regina Public Library, says both the library board and council could avoid a costly referendum by ensuring there are sufficient funds to maintain existing library programs, branches and services.

The city clerk has 30 days to decide if the petition has sufficient support to require a binding vote.