May 22, 2022

Public Library News Roundup


Calgary Instrument Lending Library in High Demand, Over 800 People on Waiting List (via ||| Borrow a Musical Instrument (via Calgary Public Library)

Edmonton Public Library Plans to Open “Small-Footprint” Storefront Branch Next Year (via Edmonton Journal)


LA-Area Libraries are Practicing ‘Hard Love’ to Help the Homeless in ‘Safe Places’ (via LA Daily News)


Atlanta’s Central Library Renovation Takes First Step Forward (via Curbed Atlanta)


Evanston Librarian Who Criticized Library’s Diversity to Be Paid $110,000 Severance (via Chicago Tribune/Evanston Review)

New 24,000 Square Foot Children’s Library Opens Inside Chicago’s Harold Washington Library (via CBS Chicago) ||| Official Opening Announcement ||| Thomas Hughes Children’s Library Website


Lawrence Public Library Survey Says Readers of all Ages Still Prefer Print to Digital, Among Other Findings (via Journal-World) ||| Direct to Survey Findings (via LPL)


Pedal Power! Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library Launches “Book-a-Bike” Program

Louisville Free Public Library Opens New $14.5 Million South Central Regional Library (via WAVE) ||| Take a Photo Tour of the New Library (via Louisville Business Journal)


Baltimore: Pratt Library Renovations Uncover Historic Ceiling Art (video, via Fox Baltimore)


Live Civil War Artillery Shells Found at Carlisle Library (via Boston Globe)

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)  Awards $67 Million in Construction Grants


Lincoln: As Trends Change, City Libraries Deliver Services Many Different Ways (via Lincoln Journal-Star)

New York

Marilyn and Jim Simons Give $25 Million to The New York Public Library for Improvements to East Harlem Branches and Critical Library Services

Nova Scotia

Halifax Libraries Considers Purchasing Up to Five Book Vending Machines (via Global News)


Budget Cuts: Libraries in Oklahoma Receive a 4.9% Decrease in State Funding, 40% Decrease Since 2008 (Muskogee Phoenix)


Mississauga Library Receives Funding to Fight Homelessness (via Insauga)

Toronto Public Library Defends Allowing Controversial Memorial Service to Go Ahead (via CBC)


Life Inside the Multnomah County Library

New 80,000-Square-Foot Mega Library Mulled For East Multnomah County (via Portland Tribune)


4,327 Documents Returned to Montreal Libraries Under Late Fee Amnesty (via CBC)


Chattanooga Public Library Circulates 1 Million Items in Fiscal Year 2017 (via Times Free Press)


Photo Essay: Nearly 10,000 Windows to Wash at Seattle Central Library (via Seattle Times)

More to Come

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.