An article by Beverly Goldberg summarizes recent funding activity for New York area public libraries. In short, budget restorations for Fiscal Year 2011 are as follows:
Brooklyn Public Library received $17,243,500 in restorations.
Queens Library received $17,631,500 in restorations.
NYPL Research received $4,030,000 in restorations
NYPL Branches received $22,863,000 in restorations
Overall the restorations equal $61,768,000 of the proposed $77 Million in cuts. According to the SaveNYCLibraries Blog, this amount of funding should maintain an average of 5 day library service throughout NYC. It’s still not clear, however, if the restorations are enough to save all 1,500 employees who received 90-day layoff notices citywide in May.