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New Scrutiny of City's Library Trustees
Libraries Get Millions to Fix Buildings, Need More
Success, Struggle as Library Branches Fill Gap in Services
In Branch Libraries, Fewer Books But High Demand
Budgets Cut, But NYC's Libraries Thrive—For Now
Far from obsolete in the digital age, New York City's libraries are filling critical gaps: offering technology to low-income neighborhoods, a lifeline to immigrants, a safe space for after school. Usage is up—but public funding is down. How long before a lack of support undermines the library system? And can a library be everything it has always been,and everything we want it to be now? This series looks at the perils and potential facing branches across the five boroughs.
The library system, which has been under scrutiny over perks given to its director, wouldn't say which ones.
The city's four library systems had hoped for a $65 million addition to the baseline budget. They instead received a more modest increase.
The city's three library systems promise to hire nearly 800 people, expand hours and introduce new programs if the city boosts their funding by $65 million over what Mayor de Blasio has proposed.
When pre-payment is taken into account, the current year's budget and Mayor de Blasio proposed fiscal 2015 spending are almost identical.
The mayor's executive budget does not include massive increases for the city's library system, as City Limits previously reported.
Read key briefing material on the financial situation confronting the city's research and branch libraries.
The man in charge of the Brooklyn Library's correctional services talks about the challenges of providing books to an incarcerated customer base.
A look at how the New York, Queens and Brooklyn systems compare to other major library networks.
A baselined budget doesn't mean there aren't big challenges for the city's three systems.
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In the wake of reports about questionable spending in the Queens system, the comptroller said he wants to check the books of all three library networks.
Amid reports about big spending on salary and offices for the system's top exec, Melinda Katz endorsed calls for a Council probe and promised to do some digging of her own.
Tell us about the branch you use, or why you don't use it. And download an easy-to-read version of our report on the serious challenges facing New York's libraries.
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The author suggests that underutilized hours at branch libraries overlap with times when neighborhood schools could use more and better-equipped space.