February 20, 2018

Limited Budget Causes Strains at DC Public Library

By LJ Staff

With a materials budget that has remained static for a decade and the number
of staff cut by a third, the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) is
hurting. As the Washington Times
reported, hours have been cut at most branches so they can be staffed
with the required two-person minimum required and, with no money for overtime,
those branches close when someone is sick. DCPL recently averted a $2 million
cut in its $26 million budget, but instead must reduce its budget $587,000.
Planning for a new central library has just begun. Mayor Anthony Williams
acknowledged that libraries have been underfunded and that the city lacks money
for capital spending. Some branches may need to be consolidated to improve
service, he said.