May 20, 2022

NY Times: Citing Dire Need for Renovation, NYC Libraries Seek $1.4 Billion From City

From a Nearly 1500 Word Article in the NY Times:

New York City’s three public library systems — the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Library — are seeking $1.4 billion in city funds over the next decade to bring all 217 public library branches up to modern building standards. Though library officials request capital money annually as part of the city’s annual budget process, that amount is the largest in recent memory and the request provides an unusually detailed accounting of the widespread problems facing buildings often treasured as community resources.


“The mayor and City Council know that millions of New Yorkers rely on the city’s public libraries, and that it is unacceptable for branches to be crumbling, hours to be limited, and the number of programs and services to be far short of demand,” said Tony Marx, president of the New York Public Library, which has 92 branches in the Bronx and Manhattan and on Staten Island.

But the effort to modernize the city’s libraries has prompted one fiscal expert to question whether library officials, in taking stock of building conditions, should also be looking at whether they could, or should, downsize in some cases, given the move toward a digital age and e-books that take up no room at all.

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See Also: NYC Library Leaders Testify at Budget Hearing (Video) & Report: “Crumbling NYC Libraries Need Massive Investment” (March 21. 2015)

on a Related Note…New York City: “Number of Libraries Dwindle in N.Y.C. Schools” (March 18, 2015)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.