Libraries could see new changes following no reversal of $58.3 million budget cut

Residents spoke to News 12 about their concern about their libraries potentially being open for fewer hours or that they could go away entirely.

Daniella Rodriguez and

News 12 Staff

Apr 25, 2024, 2:15 AM

Updated 26 days ago

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New York City’s libraries may be seeing even more changes after no announcement was made to reverse the $58.3 million budget cut that was made on Wednesday.
Residents spoke to News 12 about their concern about their libraries potentially being open for fewer hours or that they could go away entirely.
“The library is always needed. I’ve been coming to this library for years and years, and I occupied Wi-Fi, books, whatever their resources,” said one librarygoer.
The presidents of the Queens, Brooklyn and New York Public Library came together to say one thing: “We’ve already lost seven-day service city-wide and are looking at most branches being open for only five days a week should these cuts go through."
In a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Eric Adams said that the number of libraries will not be cut in the current iteration of the budget.


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