January 20, 2022

Brazil: “Rio’s Libraries are Closed as New Government Looks for Funding”

From The Rio Times:

The four Biblioteca Parque (Park Libraries) of Rio de Janeiro closed last week on December 30th for the end of year recess, with only one planned to reopen this week, according to a government news report. The network’s more than 150 employees received advance notice earlier last month.


Last Thursday, December 29th, the Instituto de Desenvolvimento e Gestão (IDG, or Institute of Development and Management), which manages the units, used social networks to warn about the closure and bid farewell to the regulars.


The four libraries had operated with funds from the municipal governments of Rio de Janeiro and Niterói, totaling R$1.750 million per month. Now only the one in Niterói is scheduled to reopen today (January 3rd) and operate for another twelve months.

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