Boosting New York’s Branch Libraries: A Funding Strategy

Publication date: 
November, 2016
Center for an Urban Future

Boosting New York’s Branch Libraries: A Funding Strategy

New York’s public libraries have become the city’s critical opportunity institutions. Far more than just places to check out books and do research, the city’s branch libraries now offer a growing number of critical programs and services that help New Yorkers develop the basic literacy, language, technology and workforce skills that are essential to succeeding in today’s knowledge economy.

They are a trusted resource for immigrants, older adults, the unemployed, young adults, parents with young children, and individuals on the wrong side of the digital divide.

And with roots in every community across the five boroughs, the libraries are reaching New Yorkers that aren’t fully served by government agencies, schools, and community-based organizations...

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