A New Chapter: Queens Library to Resume Book Purchases

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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.