More Branch Closures Possible in Indianapolis and Portland, ME
Proposals are part of budgets for fiscal year starting in July
LJ Staff -- Library Journal, 04/06/2010
The municipal budget proposed for the fiscal year starting July 1 recommends the closure of three branches among six locations (five branches plus main library) of the Portland Public Library, ME, according to the Portland Press-Herald.
And the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library now faces a seven percent cut, which, the Indianapolis Star reports, could result in layoffs and branch closures.
According to a library statement:
By 2012, the Library’s revenue will be reduced by an estimated $4,200,000, or 7% of the operating revenue. In 2010, consideration will be given to various strategies to create sustainable library service within new fiscal restraints. In staff and Library Board meetings, as well as public focus group sessions, efforts will be made to clarify the Library’s core values and fundamental services for budget considerations. Public input will be solicited at open forums to help determine the best alternative for public library service in the 21st century.