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Tell City Hall: An Investment in Libraries Is an Investment in ALL New Yorkers

Libraries are more important than ever. They offer opportunities and hope for all New Yorkers—from free books and resources to free ESOL classes, family literacy workshops, and job search help. But more is needed. This is why the city’s three library systems are asking for you to add your name in support of more public funding for libraries. Send a letter now asking the Mayor and City Council to invest in libraries.

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Dear Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito, and Council Member,

Libraries are a lifeline for New Yorkers—we count on them to offer free access to education, information, and other resources in a safe environment. When I walk into my local branch, I know that I’m welcome there.

Last year, thanks to your investment, our libraries received the funding necessary to make sure we have six-day service at all branches across the city.

But it’s time to take the next step. Together, we must do more to ensure that the city’s libraries can accommodate the millions of New Yorkers who rely on them. The role of public libraries as a haven—where people of all backgrounds can come to learn, be treated with respect, and get assistance—is more essential than ever. On any given day in the city’s library branches, kids and teens get after-school help, immigrants attend ESOL and citizenship classes, job seekers learn new skills at resume workshops, and more.

An investment in libraries is an investment in New Yorkers. This is why it is so important that you increase next year’s capital and operating funding for the city’s three library systems. This means:

  • Increase operating funding to keep our libraries open seven days a week. Right now only 15 branches in the entire city are open seven days. We can do better!
  • Increase capital funding for urgent building repairs, so our libraries can be safe and inviting places for all members of our communities.

Thank you for your past support of libraries. Please continue to stand with our city’s libraries so they can continue providing the programs and services all New Yorkers so desperately rely on during a time of great need.