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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:

Library operations to be cut $4.6 million

Mayor Alvin Brown Monday unveiled his budget proposal for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year which begins Oct. 1. While his proposal shows a $4.3 million reduction in the library’s budget next year as compared to the current year, it will have the same impact on library operations as the $4.66 million cut previously requested because the cuts to staffing and materials remained the same.

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.

Celebrating 100 years of providing access to government documents

Kathleen Krizek headshot blog 2By Kathleen Krizek, Librarian III, Special Collections

On Aug. 26, 2014, the Jacksonville Public Library will mark 100 years of safeguarding one of our nation’s strongest traditions—the public’s right to know.

New Fiscal Year — New Budget

Looking for the article, "Make Your Money Work Harder for You"?  Click here.


In the very early morning hours of Sept. 24, the City Council approved the Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the City of Jacksonville. After much debate, the Council voted to restore the previously approved budget lapse, which for the library would have meant $349,638 less to spend next year. Unfortunately, the across-the-board cut to overtime and the 10 percent reduction in the part-time budget remains.

Free Music @ Main & More Concerts in November

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. – Emergence Student Concert Join us for an evening of chamber music performed by the talented student musicians from the University of North Florida. Ensembles include a flute quartet with music of Mozart, a Brahms piano quartet, violin sonatas featuring works of Beethoven and Franck, and clarinet pieces.

Virtual Book Club & Discussion

Tuesday, July 21, 9 a.m. – First Coast Connect, 89.9 WJCT-FM, Discussion 9:30 a.m.
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