Libraries Now: A Day in the Life of NYC’s Branches

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Think that libraries are becoming obsolete in the internet era? Not so. Over the last decade, book circulation at New York City libraries has jumped by 46 percent, annual visits by 59 percent, and program attendance by 88 percent. These figures are even more startling considering that budget cuts have forced the libraries to reduce both staff and hours. And this year, City Hall is essentially proposing no increases in aid. The city’s three library systems are petitioning the city for an additional $65 million, which they say will enable them to keep their doors open six days a week. This video offers a surprising look at how library branches in New York City have evolved into community centers, providing a whole array of services and programs.