July 29, 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 […]

California: Merced County Library System Feels Budget Woes

From the Merced Sun-Star: The Merced County Library received about $433,000 in funding from the Merced Redevelopment Agency, which was abolished a year ago. Since the budget for fiscal year 2010-11 expired, state, federal and local aid for the county library system has fallen by nearly $1 million. [Clip] Cuts are nothing new to the […]

Library Funding and Storage Space Concerns at Case Western Reserve University

This post includes two recent stories from the Case Western Reserve University student newspaper. 1. From The Observer: With the university in the middle of its strategic planning process, Case Western Reserve University is examining areas in which improvement and additional support is needed. One item that fits this description is hidden in plain sight; the […]

Louisiana: A New Orleans Weekly Says, “Save the Libraries” in New Editorial

From Gambit New Orleans: Last week, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, flanked by city officials and Charles Brown, city librarian and executive director of the New Orleans Public Library, reopened the Algiers Regional Library, which had been closed since Hurricane Katrina. It was the fifth library opened by the city in the last four months, the others […]

Public Libraries: The Seattle Times Publishes Editorial on Library Funding

From The Seattle Times: A seven-year Seattle Library Levy is the wrong way to pay for an essential day-to-day service. Free public libraries are an essential service. They are about reading, which is about education, personal achievement, and democracy. Because libraries are such good things, they should not be offered up to voters in politically […]

Ohio: Champaign County Libraries Continue Multiple Disputes

From the Springfield News-Sun: The three public library systems in Champaign County continue to dispute the distribution of state money and library district boundaries. The Champaign County, St. Paris and Mechanicsburg libraries met Wednesday with the Champaign County Budget Commission to discuss the current plan for dividing state dollars and possible changes. The current distribution […]

Public Libraries: Jacksonville (FL) Public Library Plans to Cut Hours and Eliminate 71 Full Time Jobs

From The Florida Times-Union/Florida.com: Faced with a requirement to cut $4.66 million from its budget, the Jacksonville Public Library board has proposed reducing library service hours by 264 hours a week. This 24 percent reduction will come along with the elimination of 71 full-time positions. That includes 41 vacancies and 30 filled jobs, including librarians […]

Oregon: Multnomah County Library Will Be Closed on Mondays, County Board Schedules “Listening” Sessions

Last Monday (June 25th) was the last Monday the award-winning Multnomah County Library (Portland, OR) was open and available to library users . Beginning July 1st the library will be closed on Mondays. Hours on other days are also changing. This page shows the changes by branch. From The Portland Tribune: The tax levy we […]

Missouri: Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Neosho-Newton County Library Tax Hike

From The Joplin Globe: Voters in Newton County on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a proposed property tax increase to pay for a nearly $7 million expansion to the Neosho-Newton County Library. The margin was 1,687 “no” votes to 940 “yes” votes. As she sat in the hallway of the Newton County Courthouse with several members of […]

Atlanta: “Metro Libraries Cope With Money Wows”

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Just a couple years ago, the DeKalb County Public Library wasn’t only expanding, it was expanding in two languages. In early 2010, DeKalb County library officials planned to transform an empty storefront near Plaza Fiesta on Buford Highway into a new branch catering to the burgeoning Hispanic community. They called the […]