Carmen Sims, director of the Bartow County Library system, said although the library system has used previous SPLOST funds for structural improvements, this will be the first SPLOST cycle that will incorporate the purchase of new materials.
"Of course we're thrilled ... we've never been able to use SPLOST funds for materials," Sims said. "The Cartersville library was a SPLOST project along with state grant funds and the Euharlee library had [SPLOST and state funds]."
County Administrator Steve Bradley explained allotting SPLOST fund use for the library will be up for vote next month.
"One of the categories Bartow County government has indicated it will use the funds for is for, along with a lot of other things, is to purchase some books and materials that are badly needed by the library," Bradley said.
Sims reported this summer the Cartersville library averages about 39,000 visitors a month and that although the system as a whole has more access to technology -- meeting the median technology needs for Georgia Public Library standards -- materials are still a necessary part of the library system."
Bradley echoed her statements.
"We built the [Cartersville] library expansion with various funds [including SPLOST] ... and so we have a great facility there, but the need for more materials and books has been a long-standing need that we just felt this time around we could put that in there to help with that need, that we could put some funding toward that with the SPLOST, assuming we're able to have a good collection once [SPLOST] begins in 2014 and continues the next six years it will be collected," Bradley said. "I think that will be an important use of funding to help get the materials and books that make that the best library we can have. We have a first-class facility over there now, but we do have that need."