Report: Crumbling NYC libraries need massive investment
Libraries push to restore city funding
New York City’s three library systems – Brooklyn, Queens and New York Public Libraries – released a joint report Friday morning describing a maintenance crisis threatening branches throughout the city.
Library presidents, advocates and elected officials were set to gather at City Hall this morning to launch a major campaign, “Invest in Libraries,” to urge city leaders to restore funding that has been repeatedly cut.
The report describes branches without proper heat and with broken down HVAC systems. Some have ceilings so leaky staffers must cut up garbage bags to protect books during rain storms. Many are ADA inaccessible; others suffer from plugged up bathrooms and are so outdated there aren’t enough electrical outlets to plug in iPads and laptops.
The report provides several examples from each borough, including Brooklyn’s Brownsville and Ulmer Park branches.