The Jacksonville Public Library faces a significant reduction in staffing, service hours and materials in Fiscal Year 2013 if the City Council approves the $4.66 million budget cut requested by Mayor Alvin Brown. He will present his budget to the City Council July 16; the council will discuss and debate the budget this summer, with a final vote due by Sept. 29.
Under the proposed budget:
- All libraries will be closed on Sundays, with reduced hours during the week.
- The Main Library will be open 48 hours per week; branches will be open 40 hours per week, with most closed on Mondays in addition to Sundays.
- The budget for materials such as books, DVDs and downloadable items will be cut by $500,000. That's a a 49% reduction since 2005.
- 71 full time positions will be eliminated—a significant loss of expertise and talent.
Jacksonville's libraries were visited nearly 5 million times last year and items were checked out nearly 9 million times—a testimony to the need for our services. When the library is closed, people out of work have fewer opportunities to look for a job online or apply for assistance. Non-profit organizations lose their meeting room space. Those who want to learn to read or earn their GED have fewer chances to do so.
Your support of the library is needed now more than ever. Stay tuned for updates on the budget process and visit our Support Us page to see how you can help.