MILLERSBURG — Despite initial projections state funding of local libraries would run 7 percent-9 percent less this year than in 2009, after three months, the financial picture seems to be looking much more grim. That’s according to reports from Holmes County District Public Library Director Arlene Radden and Fiscal Officer Paula Cicconetti, who said public library funding for March was $56,540, which is 15 percent less than last March.
Northern New Jersey — Staff members will not be the only ones feeling the effect of the budgetary cuts. The library may have to start closing earlier, shutting down during the week at 8 p.m. and on Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Tallahassee, Florida — This year, Florida libraries received more than $21 million from the state. But the early budget proposals from the House and Senate both slash that funding next year.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – The plan includes reducing library service hours, closing and merging locations, reducing staff, and increasing fines and fees…
Boulder, Colorado – Under the previously proposed budget, both library branches would be forced to close one extra day each week to save a total of $60,500.
New Hartford, New York – The town of New Hartford has proposed a cut in library funding of $135,000 in the 2010 budget.
Berkeley, California – Doe Library and other branch libraries are no longer open on Saturdays, a change that began this June and may continue until at least June 2010 in attempts to offset the library’s budget deficit.
Naperville, Illinois – The Naperville Public Library is facing $1.1 million in budget cuts next year, putting library hours and programs on the chopping block. The city has asked the library and Naper Settlement to come up with the cash to help it fill a $6 million shortfall in its general fund next year…
Chicago, Illinois – Unable to get the union that represents library workers to agree on budget cuts, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley fired half of the 279 pages in the Chicago Public Library System. Without the help of the pages, who stock books in the library’s branches, books have been piling up unshelved, preventing patrons from getting books as readily as before.
Dayton, Ohio – The Dayton Metro Library released its schedule of five furlough days designed to help meet the budget shortfall caused by $4.9 million in state cuts.
Annapolis, Maryland – In July, the nine smaller branches ended Monday morning hours. The system will have three large branches, down from five, open on Sundays…
Springfield, Illinois – Seeking to compensate for a $7-9 million projected budget shortfall, the city of Springfield is considering drastic spending cuts. In addition to eliminating jobs in the fire and police departments, the Lincoln library and its two branches may be closed altogether.
Toledo, Ohio – Due to a provision in Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s proposed budget allowing money to be taken out of the state public library fund, which affects all 250 of Ohio’s public libraries, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library stands to lose more than $200,000.
Woodbine, Georgia – Under consideration is the elimination of three paid positions at the Bryan-Lang Historical Library, and running the facility on an appointment-only basis with volunteers, saving about $80,000. In addition, the commissioners are considering cutting $25,000 from the Camden County Library in Kingsland…
Greensboro, North Carolina – The Greensboro Public Library has cut $353,000 so far in its budget, as part of a wider initiative to address the city’s budget shortfall, by suspending bookmobile services and leaving job openings unfilled. Despite these large cuts, the county wishes the library to cut an additional $400,000, and the State of North Carolina is expected to decrease funding also.