Girl at the library

The Santa Cruz public library officially opened on July 18, 2010 with a ceremony involving the community (pictured above). Currently, the library is open three days a week, holds over 1,000 books, and receives between 100 and 150 visitors a week. The library serves the immediate community of over 2,000 people.

Despite these achievements, a lot more still has to do be done. The library is lacking the shelf space to put nearly half of its books into circulation. The library also needs a steady stream of funds to pay its librarian, keep the electricity running and maintain its collection.

library library

This is the only resource for books in the Zona, with the nearest public library being over an hour away in another Zona. With increased funds, Byond el Campo hopes to triple the amount of hours per week that the library will be open in 2011.