As many as 4,000 children in northern Ontario will have to go to school without books as a result of the closure of Northern Ontario Library, which has been closed since July.
The school board has agreed to pay for the library to remain open as part of a settlement, which will include $200,000 in funds from the province and a grant from the Ontario College of Teachers.
The board was in talks with the library last fall about closing the library, but that proposal fell through because the provincial government said it didn’t have the funding to cover the costs.
As part of the settlement, the library will also receive a grant to cover a portion of the costs associated with the closure.
A library without books, a situation similar to what happened in northern Quebec, would mean students wouldn’t have access to books.
However, the Ontario government says it will pay the entire cost of the library.