Libraries should be palaces of learning, ideas and knowledge – and that takes capital funding to ensure our buildings don’t fall into disrepair.
Many of The New York Public Library’s branches are housed in old buildings that need a lot of careful maintenance to keep them functioning. But for decades, NYPL has been dramatically short of capital funding to maintain roofs, heating and air conditioning systems, lighting, computers, Wi-Fi, and more.
Library branches rely on their local elected officials to secure money for the most basic repairs. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been enough. While we celebrated opening new and newly renovated branches in recent years, such as the Stapleton, High Bridge, Bronx Library Center and Battery Park City libraries, other branches still need basic help to remain operational.
Please tell the City Council and other elected officials that New Yorkers need them to support capital funding of libraries, so they can continue to open their doors to 8.3 million New Yorkers each year!