January 17, 2022

Fewer New Materials Mean Long Waits For D.C. Library Customers

From The Washington Examiner:

Facing a dramatic slash to its book budget, the D.C. Public Library system is anticipating customer waits of up to six weeks for its popular materials if the D.C. Council does not restore funding next year.

At an oversight hearing Wednesday conducted by Councilman Tommy Wells, about 50 library staff and supporters voiced concern about the library’s looming inability to meet residents’ demands for books. The money the library uses to purchase new books and e-resources for its 24 branches was cut by 40 percent from 2011.


Funds for new materials have plummeted from a high of $6 million in 2006 to the current $1.8 million allotment.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.