Stand with Queens Library!

As Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council consider the City’s spending priorities for next year, we need you to send them a message of support for public libraries and their critical role in a free and democratic society, providing opportunities for growth and empowerment to all at no cost. The public depends on us for programs, services and access to reliable and unfiltered information that improve the quality of everyone’s lives.

Queens Library’s vast resources are a lifeline to many residents of Queens. When someone walks through our doors, they know Queens Library can help, whether it’s through an ESOL class, a home health aide course, computer assistance or the latest book.

To continue to provide free, high-quality resources, programs and services, we are requesting an additional $4.5 million in operational funding in Fiscal Year 2019, which begins July 1, 2018. This increase will allow us to expand our print and digital collections, enhance our programs and services and address emergency repairs at our 65 locations.

With an average age of 60 years, our libraries were not built to accommodate the traffic they’re seeing today and require significant upgrades. To address this challenge, we have asked the City to include an extra $20 million in unrestricted capital funding in next year’s budget.

Thank you for your support in urging our elected officials to keep investing in New Yorkers by standing with our public libraries!

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