Today, NYPL is outlining how we’re improving service as a result of the city’s unprecedented $43 million increase in operating funding to the city’s libraries this fiscal year.
In a nutshell,
- [Our emphasis] We’re hiring about 100 librarians and public service professionals, mostly in the children and young adult areas. [NYPL Careers Web Page]
- We’re opening four additional branches on Sunday starting this Sunday, Sept. 13, and we’re increasing overall average branch hours to 50 per week from 46.6 (the hours will be increased over the next few months). So we’re bringing the total number of NYPL branches open on Sunday to seven and increasing our hours.
The impact of even one new staff member can be seen immediately – in Fiscal Year 2015, the Library used a $4.4 million increase in city funding to fill key staff positions, including a children’s specialist for the City Island branch in the Bronx. As a direct result of librarian Theresa Panza’s arrival at the branch, children’s programming attendance there increased by about 60 percent.
The Library’s research centers will also see increases in hours as a result of the increase in Fiscal Year 2016 funding: The Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center will increase public service hours 23 percent to 49 per week, and the Schomburg Center will increase hours in two of its most popular divisions – Manuscripts and Archives and Photography – from 29 hours per week to 35 hours per week.
Additionally, the Library is dedicating a portion of the funds to collections, which include books and other materials.
Read the Complete Announcement