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Creating a first-class library system

What will it take to bring Jacksonville's libraries to the next level? The Florida Times-Union published an editorial exploring this issue following a recent meeting of the JCCI study group examining library funding. Read it here:

Check It Out: Independent Library Funding

Should the Jacksonville Public Library system become funded independently from the City of Jacksonville?  That question is being discussed as a part of a new Community Works/JCCI study, Check It Out: Independent Library Funding.  The study is receiving funding support from Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library Inc., the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation, and JCCI donors. Click here to visit the study blog.

Become a JPL Advocate!

If you treasure the Jacksonville Public Library and believe that we're an integral partner in our city's future, we want you to consider contacting your local and state representatives to stress the importance of adequate library funding.

Ways to Advocate the Jacksonville Public Library:

Library Budget Cut Less Than Expected; All Locations Open on Mondays

Thanks to the many library supporters who worked tirelessly on our behalf, the library’s
budget for the new fiscal year will be reduced less than expected. The Jacksonville City
Council voted Tuesday night to restore $1.7 million to our budget. That means:

The Rest of the Story

The Florida Times-Union published an article on Sept. 21 titled “Library down to last page in budget: Patrons could be final chance for system to avoid big cuts.” While it was accurate and we appreciate the Times-Union bringing the library’s budget crisis to the attention of readers, the figures in the accompanying chart were based on Fiscal Year 2009 data contained in the Capacity Plan Study by Godfrey’s Associates.

Significant Budget Cuts Impact All Locations Effective Oct. 1

The Jacksonville Public Library is facing significant budget cuts that will impact all library locations effective Oct. 1, 2011. The total cut to date comes to almost $3.5 million. It is important to understand how this figure came about, and what it means to you and our libraries.

Budget timeline:

Library Budget Cut Further

More Services to be Reduced; Jobs Eliminated

The Board of Library Trustees met in an emergency session Sept. 6 to meet a City Council Finance Committee mandated reduction in the operating budget of $476,266. The committee is requiring the budget cuts to pay for the library’s share of additional city pension costs.

Reluctantly and with strenuous opposition, the board submitted the following additional cuts:

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