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Brentwood Closure

Final Update 11/3/2017: Brentwood is now open! Big thanks to community partners and the Friends of Brentwood who helped make the Fall Back Into Brentwood party a success!

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UPDATE 10/13/2017: Brentwood will be open as of 10/14/2017! Celebrate the grand reopening with a fall festival on Monday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m.

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.

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City Budget Gap Grows

The City's Police and Fire Pension Fund costs next Fiscal Year will be 57% higher than expected, according to an article in The Florida Times-Union.  As a city department, this news will have an impact on the library's budget for the new year. 

With a $45 million drop in revenue compared to last year, Brown was already working to fill a $58 million hole. In a preliminary version of the $1 billion budget submitted May 1, the administration estimated pension costs jumping by $23.2 million, far less than the actual increase.

Friends seek petition help

The Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library plays an important role as an advocate for our libraries. Ongoing budget cuts have made this role even more important in 2013. One important effort is the ongoing petition drive for a straw vote on an independent tax district for the library, as recommended by a recent JCCI study. Volunteers are needed to help with the petitions. Find out what you can do to lend a hand at www.fjpl.org.

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2015 Library Board seeks level funding

The Board of Library Trustees and the library administration appreciate Mayor Alvin Brown including the Jacksonville Public Library in his proposed budget, which he presented to the City Council July 14. In his remarks, the mayor publicly recognized our libraries as “vital educational institutions in the community—serving people of all ages, from all walks of life and from all across the city.”

100 years of providing government information

In August the Jacksonville Public Library, the third oldest Federal Depository Library Program library in Florida, marked a centennial milestone in storing and sharing history. U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and former State Sen. Tony Hill attended the centennial celebration and presented a proclamation from Mayor Alvin Brown recognizing the library for a century of public access to government documents. These important publications include everything from Continental Congress papers to the Warren Commission report to Watergate transcripts.

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