Invest in Libraries. Invest in All New Yorkers. Support 7-Day Service!

Libraries are a lifeline to many New Yorkers and will always welcome everyone who walks through their doors. Last year, libraries received the baseline funding necessary to sustain six-day service at all branches for all New Yorkers.

Now it’s time to take the next step. The role of public libraries as a haven – places to learn, be treated with respect, and get assistance – is now more essential than ever. On any given day in the city’s library branches, kids and teens get after-school help, immigrants attend ESOL and citizenship classes, families seek assistance with affordable housing, and more.

That’s why it’s important to increase the three library systems’ capital and expense funding for next year to enable at least one library in every New York City Council District to be open seven days a week in buildings that are safe and inviting.

Specifically, we urge you to:

  • Increase operating funding for libraries by $34 million to ensure every City Council District has a library open seven days a week.
  • Increase capital funding for libraries by $150 million in order to begin addressing more than $1.1 billion in critical capital needs.
  • Last year, thanks to your investment, our libraries received the necessary funding to make sure every branch in the city was open six-days a week. As amazing as that was, more still needs to be done. You can make it happen. Keep Investing in New Yorkers. Please fund my library!

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