May 27, 2022

New York City: “Number of Libraries Dwindle in N.Y.C. Schools”

From Education Week:

The number of school libraries in the city has plummeted—from nearly 1,500 in 2005 to fewer than 700 in 2014; the biggest drops have come in the past three years, according to the New York state education department. The libraries that do exist are so severely understaffed that the state education department in 2013 ordered the city to hire more librarians.

“[The city] department of education is failing our students when it comes to library services,” said Robert Jackson, the chairman of the City Council’s education committee at the time. “It is totally unacceptable.”

More than a year and a half later, the school district still doesn’t have a plan to reverse the trend, said Richard L. Hasenyager, its director of library services.


Another challenge is measuring and defining the problem. New York City school officials, for example, didn’t collect information on how many libraries or librarians there were in the district before 2012, the city said in a response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

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See Also: District of Columbia: “Unequal Shelves in D.C. School Libraries Benefit Wealthier Students” (March 9, 2015)

See Also: District of Columbia: “Charter Schools Less Likely to Have Libraries” (via Washington Post, March 10, 2015)

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