Streams

A New Chapter: Queens Library to Resume Book Purchases

Monday, July 04, 2011

The Queens Public Library is buying books again after budget cuts in 2010 forced the library to stop adding to its collections.

Library CEO Tom Galante said the fiscal 2012 budget recently adopted by the City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg was kind to book lovers. He expects to spend $7 million on new materials this year.

The first priority? High circulation items.

"In a lot of cases it's paperbacks, it's bestsellers," Galante said, adding that books in Chinese and Spanish, and classics commonly assigned in school, will also get priority.

The city has allocated $83 million for the Queens Library this year — $2 million less than last year, but far more severe cuts were threatened.

Galante said he has been warned that book buying could slow again if there are mid-year budget cuts.

Tags:

More in:

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

The Morning Brief

Enter your email address and we’ll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.

Sponsored

Latest Newscast

 

 

Support

WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public

Feeds

Supported by