Library budget has no fees more books

first_imgFort Vancouver Regional Library managers plan to spend $60,000 on a Freegal downloadable music contract that allows users to download MP3-compatible music at no cost: Three songs per week, a maximum 156 per year — to keep for a lifetime.“This will be quite popular,” predicted Melinda Chesbro, FVRL content management director.She expects the Freegal service to become available in Clark County branches by June.It’s already in use in the Multnomah County Library system, which has a handy FAQ website: tentative 2011-12 operating budget adopted Monday by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District includes plenty of new carrots for customers, without a stick in sight.That includes no late fees on books.At their daylong retreat session at the Cascade Park Community Library, FVRL board members heard how managers intend to boost collections of popular hard-copy books and electronic databases and introduce a slew of digital services starting in June, thanks to $3.31 million from a property tax bump approved by voters last year.The new offerings will include downloadable e-books, audiobooks, streaming video and music — as many as three songs a week, for lifetime use.About $1.76 million of the levy dollars from a property tax increase in effect this year will go to restore all operating hours and days at branch libraries that were reduced in early 2009. Those changes will come May 1 (the new downtown Vancouver Community Library opens with seven-day service in July).last_img read more