Patrons, officials rally for NYC library funds

Community members and officials rallied Monday to show support for city libraries and to demand funding that has been slowly diminishing.

Libraries across New York City have had to endure a 20 percent cut in funding over the past decade.

The city is being allocated $100 million to spread across about 200 libraries.

The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library systems are joining forces to propose $1.4 billion in funding for maintenance and restoration and an additional $65 million for operating expenses.

There will be an executive hearing held on June 8 where the presidents of the three library systems will formally discuss the proposal. A decision should be made by July 1.

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