New Jersey: “Atlantic City Library Needs Skyrocket in the Face of Budget and Staff Cuts
From the Press of Atlantic City:
People increasingly want more from the Atlantic City Free Public Library. Borrowing, computer sessions and requests for help are all up substantially from years ago.
But the library is like this cash-strapped city. The money is drying up.
Funding was nearly halved in two years as the city’s value declined. More decreases in funding will result in future service cuts.
In 2005, the library recorded 335,000 visits, 151,000 items borrowed, 37,000 public computer sessions and 33,000 requests for information.
Last year, the library logged 530,000 visits, 290,000 items borrowed, 89,000 public computer sessions and 72,000 requests for information.
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