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A message from Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner. We appreciate his support of Florida libraries! 

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Main Library’s Hours Restored

The City of Jacksonville Fiscal Year 2014 budget was approved by the City Council on Sept. 25. An amendment and earlier action by the City Council Finance Committee restored several cuts to the library’s budget, including funding for six branch libraries, Saturday hours at the Main Library, and 33 staff positions. However, the $173,370 cut to the library materials budget remains.

Main Library to close on Saturdays if budget is approved

Brunet GarciaThe Board of Library Trustees Thursday accepted the recommendation of library administration and voted to close the Main Library on Saturdays for Fiscal Year 2014 if the current budget cuts are approved by the City Council.

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Library Budget Hearing Set


There are several opportunities in August and September to let our City Council members know you support the library.   

Mayor's budget includes $2.9 million cut to libraries

Mayor Alvin Brown presented his Fiscal Year 2014 budget to the City Council yesterday.  Faced with a $64 million shortfall, departments citywide have been required to take significant cuts and that includes the Jacksonville Public Library.  The library’s budget as submitted by the mayor to the Council would be $31,420,192. This reflects a reduction of $2,896,659 from the current year, and is $517,801 more than the cut the Administration requested in June.

Six libraries to close under proposed budget

On June 14, the Jacksonville Public Library, on behalf of the Board of Library Trustees, submitted to the City Budget Office a plan to meet a requested 13.88% (or $2,378,858) cut to the Fiscal Year 2014 library budget. Departments citywide are being asked to reduce their budgets to meet a projected $63,971,895 shortfall next year.

With deep regret, the Board was left with no choice but to recommend the closure of six libraries, reduce service hours further, and cut the materials budget once again.  The proposed reductions include:

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