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The New York Public Library Increases Branch Hours Throughout System, Effective Today


JANUARY 4, 2016 – The New York Public Library has expanded hours at branches throughout the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island, with a focus on evenings, weekends, and other periods of high demand.

A historic $43 million increase in operating funding to the city’s three library systems in Fiscal Year 2016 has allowed NYPL to add 293 more public service hours per week at branches across the system, bringing average weekly branch hours up from 46.6 hours to 50.

The Library system has been rolling out new hours over the last few months, but as of today all increases are in place. All new hours can be viewed at the Library’s website at     

“New York Public Library branches offer a wide variety of free resources to strengthen individuals and their communities, including ESOL classes, story times, coding classes, and more,” said NYPL President Tony Marx. “Thanks to a historic investment by Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the City Council, as well as the hard work of our growing, talented staff, we can grant New Yorkers increased access to these irreplaceable, critically important services.”

The increased hours follow the Library’s efforts to hire approximately 100 new librarians, the majority of whom are children and young adult specialists, contributing to the Library’s strong focus on early literacy and preparing New York City children for school. 

In total, Bronx branches added 120 hours of service, Manhattan branches received 133 hours, and Staten Island branches increased operating hours an additional 40 hours. Sunday service was added to four branches - the Grand Concourse and Parkchester Libraries in the Bronx, and the Inwood and Jefferson Market Libraries in Manhattan – in September. The increase in hours also benefits two of NYPL’s research centers – the Library for the Performing Arts and the Schomburg Center.

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