The public library system in Memphis is hoping to secure $2.9 million to add employees and increase its collection.
The Memphis Daily News reports the Memphis Public Library & Information Center cites the figures as part of its strategic plan.
A study by the Friends of the Library and the Memphis Library Foundation found that during the past five years, the system’s budget has been cut 21 percent and hours were reduced 20 percent.
The goal of the new funding would be to add 47 employees to the 18-location library system and increase the collections budget to $2 million from less than $1 million.
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In the last five years, the 600 computers in the Memphis Public Library & Information Center were used 1.2 million times.
In that same five years, the budget for the library system of 18 locations has been cut 21 percent and there has been a 20 percent reduction in hours over the same five years.
Those are just some of the numbers and percentages from a strategic plan for the library system commissioned by the nonprofit group Friends of the Library and Memphis Library Foundation.