Library funds shifting from Hoover to Shelby

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 17, 2006


The Hoover public library is set to lose $14,000 of state aid designated for Shelby County residents.

The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) gives Hoover over $52,000 a year for operation costs and programs.

Hoover currently has around 18,000 residents living inside Shelby County, with each of these residents paying taxes to support the North Shelby Library System.

The organization will now send the $14,000 to the North Shelby libraries in an attempt to avoid overlapping its funds in different service areas.

The move is in response to APLS concerns about growing confusion about how the agency funds residents in these overlapping service areas.

Harrison Regional Library System Director Barbara Roberts, is charged with the decision of keeping the extra funds or returning them to the Hoover library as part of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative system.

Roberts said last week that she would decide on whether to give the funds back to Hoover by this Friday