February 25, 2018

Bad News in Pennsylvania: Libraries Get Only $10 Million More

By LJ Staff

After months of hoping that legislators would restore the 50 percent cut ($37.5 million) in state library funding, librarians in Pennsylvania last week got some bad news: only $10 million would be restored. That means state funding–a crucial component in bettering Pennsylvania libraries in recent years–was cut from $75 million to $47.5 million, a nearly 37 percent cut. The Philadelphia Inquirer headline was “Budget tally: Schools win, libraries lose.” “Make that the people who use libraries,” Glenn Miller, executive director of the Pennsylvania Library Association, told the newspaper. Several libraries have begun implementing cuts. The Free Library of Philadelphia will end Saturday hours at most of its 55 branches.