June 26, 2012



$25 Million of $27 Million Restored, Averting Layoffs and Major Service Cuts

(Brooklyn, NY) June 25, 2012 – Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) officials applauded the FY 2013 budget agreed to by Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn and thanked the City Council for its work in restoring $25 million in library funding. The FY2013 budget now allows the Library to continue to offer free access to educational and cultural programs, job search and small business resources, Wi-Fi and internet-ready computers while avoiding any layoffs or drastic cuts to service.

"We are very grateful the budget agreed to by the Mayor and Speaker restores funding for libraries and I want to thank Chairman Recchia and the entire Brooklyn delegation for their continued support of Brooklyn Public Library. The adopted budget will allow the Library to maintain our existing service levels and avoid layoffs," said Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library. "Thank you to the countless patrons, volunteers, staff members and elected officials who advocated on the Library's behalf. Your dedication to our cause is the reason why we will be able to keep our doors open and continue to serve our communities."

The final budget restores $25 million in City funding for the Library out of a proposed $27 million cut, which—at 33% of the Library’s operating budget—would have meant staff layoffs and greatly reduced library services. As Brooklynites have flocked to their local libraries to take advantage of free programs and services, BPL officials encouraged library customers to send emails to elected officials, sign petitions and advocate against the cuts.  The FY2013 budget agreement reflects the importance of libraries and the services they provide for the community.

Despite budgetary pressures, BPL has continued to improve Library services throughout the borough.  Most recently, the Library kicked off its Summer Reading Program, and also competed and won $250,000 in grant funding from AMEX/Partners in Preservation.  With the opening of the Leon Levy Information Commons at the Central Library in January 2013, and through refurbishing unused library space for creative endeavors, the Library is actively reimagining itself and offering programs and services that make them an indispensable part of every community.


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