If you want to reserve a book at libraries in San Luis Obispo County, you will now have to pay $1 — double the 50 cents now being charged.
The Board of Supervisors approved the change Tuesday.
Its members expressed skepticism when Library Director Brian Reynolds told them that within the three-county cooperative system that the county is part of the cost of moving a reserved book from one library to another is $15.
Reynolds said that figure is based on staff time, gas and the vehicle costs in moving a book from one library to another.
The Black Gold Cooperative Library System includes Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
Susan Sousa of Creston objected to the increase, which she said penalizes smaller libraries in outlying areas that hold fewer books and thus have to order more.
Several supervisors also expressed skepticism and, while they went along with the fee increase, said they want to take a closer look at such expenditures and the $15 transfer fee.