September 18, 2014

Free Library of Philadelphia Could Expand Hours Under New Budget

From Newsworks/WHYY: Free Library President Siobhan Reardon says her goal is to expand hours and offer some weekend time for people to come into the library. “We are going to open one library per councilmanic district a sixth day, so that will be 10 libraries will be open on Saturday and two additional libraries will […]

National Federation of the Blind Assists in Litigation Against Free Library of Philadelphia

From an NFB News Release: With the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind, four blind patrons of the Free Library of Philadelphia—Denice Brown, Karen Comorato, Patricia Grebloski, and Antoinette Whaley—have filed suit [complaint and exhibits embedded below) against the library because they cannot access one of the library’s programs for which they are […]

Statistics: New Study Looks at the Changing Demands of the Urban Public Library in 15 U.S. Cities

From the Pew Charitable Trusts: A new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts finds that urban libraries are experiencing increased demands for an ever-widening array of services, due in part to the poor economy. At the same time, libraries’ funding from local governments has been cut, leaving them with fewer resources, staff and hours with […]