A new budget for Philadelphia would allow the city’s libraries to restore six-day service.
A new budget put forth by Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter could put the city’s libraries back on track for six-day service, Ian Chant reports for Library Journal. This comes after drastic cuts led to several years of weekday-only libraries during the recession.
Chant writes that Philadelphia was hit hard by the 2008 recession, and in 2009 lost nearly 20% of their funding from the city, which the Free Library of Philadelphia system to cut back to five days of service per week—except the central branch, which stayed open seven days a week. While the FLP was able to “avoided a doomsday scenario that could have seen the closure of branches,” the loss of Saturday hours was bad news for libraries and their patrons. As FLP director and president Siobhan Reardon put it to Library Journal, “It’s just better for the community to have six-day service. If you’re closed on Saturday, it’s hard for people who work to get to the library.”
Nutter was emphatic about the importance of libraries to Philly, saying of the cuts, “It is the absolute worst decision that I’ve made in the time I’ve been in …read more

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