Last year's funding increase for BPL was not included in the Mayor's preliminary budget for this year, threatening the gains we made in expanding branch hours and hiring new librarians. But there is still time for the city to change course and do more, by fully funding libraries. In a time of rising inequality, we must not roll back opportunity. Help us ensure that our neighborhood libraries will continue to thrive and serve as a great equalizer—within a few blocks of every Brooklynite.
Collectively, New York City's libraries have lost 20 percent of their discretionary city funding over the last seven years, and they are unable to provide universal six-day service. At the same time, funding to repair or renovate outdated facilities has not kept pace with needs.
Libraries citywide are advocating for increased operating dollars to expand branch hours, provide outstanding services and fresh materials, as well as the capital funds necessary to make critical building repairs.
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