New York City Council Provides an Additional $39 Million in FY 2016 Budget For NYC Libraries
UPDATE 2: June 26 2015 Formal Announcement: New York City Libraries Receive Largest Ever Funding Increase in Adopted Budget (via InvestinLibraries.org)
New York City’s public libraries will offer six day service for the first time in nearly a decade thanks to a $43 million increase in operating funding in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget approved by Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council.
Formal Announcement: New York Public Library Receives First City Funding Increase In Six Years (via NYPL)
UPDATE 1: June 23 2015: In Win for Library Advocates, New York City FY16 Budget Enables Citywide Six-Day Service (by Lisa Peet, Library Journal)
Official Announcement of Good News From NYC!
The funding will allow for citywide six-day service and more.
Here’s a statement about the NYC City Council budget news by NYPL President, Anthony Marx:
We are so grateful to all the New Yorkers who rallied to support their libraries, and to our city leaders who today provided the largest ever combined increase in operating and capital funding for public libraries. We extend our most sincere thank you to Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito, Council Finance Chair Ferreras, Majority Leader and Cultural Affairs Chair Van Bramer, Sub-Committee on Libraries Chair Constantinides and all the members of the Council.
With this increase libraries can deliver so much more. Our City’s libraries can now be open six days, providing more books, librarians and educational programs throughout the 217 branches across five boroughs. This historic increase provides great momentum for even further opportunities and will also inspire our private donors to bring this historic partnership to a new level with their own generosity.”
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