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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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: