Library presidents, City Council members, and passionate supporters gathered this morning on the steps of New York City’s city hall building. This group came together for the sake of a common mission: to launch the Keep Investing in Libraries campaign.
Here’s more from the press release: “The Keep Investing in Libraries campaign is a partnership between the city’s three public library systems – Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library – DC37 and other library supporters across the City. The campaign is calling for the restoration of $65 million to the libraries, the baselining of at least the Fiscal Year 16 increase, and capital funding to help address more than $250 million in critical maintenance needs.”
Last year, the mayor and city council increased the operating funds for the three library systems by $43 million. The advocates plan to submit a report detailing how the additional funding has been helpful and how a higher amount of it would allow these institutions to provide even more services for its patrons.