November 26, 2015

New Jersey: South Jersey Public Libraries on Borrowed Time Due to Financial Woes


South Jersey libraries, experts in lending, may themselves be living on borrowed time as repeated decreases in property tax revenue and slashed state aid continue to force many libraries to make some tough choices.

The recent announcement that the Margaret E. Heggan library in Washington Township will cut hours and charge a new DVD rental fee in 2013 is just the latest news in the increasingly bleak financial outlook for municipal, county and association libraries throughout South Jersey.

Executive Director of the New Jersey Library Association Pat Tumulty said libraries’ financial hardships are directly connected to statewide economic declines.

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