September 25, 2021

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.

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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.

Read the Complete Article (approx. 750 words)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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