After years of budget cuts, the city’s three library systems need $65 million more in public funding to provide more hours, more programs, and more vital resources to New Yorkers.
Located in every neighborhood and open to all, New York City’s public libraries are priceless community assets. They help to acculturate new immigrants, educate and entertain children beyond the school day, prepare job seekers for the 21st century knowledge economy, provide computers and internet access to the millions of residents without it at home, and make the world’s cultural and literary treasures available to everyone—regardless of age, income, or nationality. In 2011, NYC libraries collectively served over 40.5 million visitors and ranked in the nation’s top ten in terms of program sessions, circulation, and program attendance, but ranked below the top ten in terms of local government funding and hours per week.
Your support can make a difference. Please sign a petition to tell the city to increase funding for NYC libraries.
Select your borough to sign a petition that will be forwarded to Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito and your city council member.
New York City’s public libraries consist of three distinct systems: The Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library (which includes the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island) and Queens Library.