At 1:00 pm on December 10th, the NYC Council Committee on Cultural Affairs and the Sub-Committee on Libraries will hold a hearing on capital needs in the Council Chambers in City Hall (see attached). Charles Warren has been invited to testify on behalf of the Committee to Save NYPL. New York Public Library President Anthony Marx will also be testifying and is expected to request an unprecedented increase in capital funding for projects that will have profound effects for our branches and research libraries.
The hearing will be open to the public in the City Council Chamber, and we would like to encourage anyone interested in attending to join us as we demand a halt to the sale of the Science, Industry, and Business Library, the return of the three million books exiled from the 42nd Street library’s stacks, and greater accountability from NYPL leaders to the taxpayers who provide a large part of their funding.
For directions to City Hall, click here. In order to allow time to go through security, we recommend arriving at least 20 minutes in advanced of the hearing.
In addition to attending the public hearing this Wednesday, now is an excellent time to contact your local city council member and borough president. Let them know that the battle to save our libraries isn’t over, that the NYPL must be transparent and accountable to the public when it spends taxpayers’ money, and that this critical public hearing will shape the future of our libraries.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer:
Phone: (212) 669-8300
Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr:
General Office: (718) 590-3500
Staten Island Borough President James S. Oddo:
Phone: (718) 816-2000
Email web form
And if you haven’t already participated in the NYPL’s user survey which will guide the Library’s plans for renovation of the 42nd St. and Mid-Manhattan Libraries, please do so here: