Advocates Launch the ‘Keep Investing in Libraries’ Campaign in New York City

By Maryann Yin Comment

Jefferson Market Library NYPL (GalleyCat)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.