February 17, 2018

More Bad News in Minneapolis: Funding Cuts

By LJ Staff

Yes, the Minneapolis Public Library has a new $122.5 million downtown library
on the way. But
it has trouble finding a director.
And now the library must confront an expected $1.5 million shortfall that may
lead to closing of branches, and cuts in staff and hours. According to the
Star-Tribune, library board members said their hands were tied when other
city officials refused to submit the $140 million library bond issue voters
ultimately passed if it included money for operating expenses. The board is even
considering closing all libraries for two weeks next year–a tactic recently
employed by the Seattle Public
but not embraced by most systems.