Last year, NYC made a significant investment in libraries, restoring $43 million of the $65 million that has been cut from the city’s three library systems since 2008. But more is needed. Funding for NYC libraries is still $22 million below 2008 levels, while demand for services and programs keeps growing.
We present this report as an urgent appeal for continued City action on the infrastructure and program crisis in our branches. We take great pride in our libraries and their importance to local communities, and are committed to ensuring that they can continue to provide New Yorkers with the high quality service they expect and deserve.