Your Library Needs You!
The following statement was posted on the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Libraries for Life: Sustaining Our Future informational blog on June 29th in response to Governor Rendell’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2009-2010:
The bottom line is that if we do not receive the necessary funding to operate our library system, or are not able to immediately secure new sources of revenue to close the gap or shortfall in our budgets, we will be forced to cut services, programs and potentially branches, the last thing we want to do at a time when people are using their libraries more than ever before.
How did we get here? Where does our money come from?
The following information is taken from the report 2010-2014: Funding Outlook and Implications:
Despite popular assumption, Andrew Carnegie did NOT endow the Library. CLP’s operations and maintenance are the community’s responsibility.
92% of CLP’s funding comes from public and government sources:
- 72% RAD (Allegheny Regional Asset District via sales tax revenues)
- 20% Commonweath of Pennsylvania
In 2009, CLP has proactively cut its budget 10% in anticipation of reduced sales tax revenue, the main source of RAD funding. Faced with increased expenses and likely cuts, CLP expects to fall approximately $3,000,000 short in 2010.
What does it mean?
It means cuts in services, which means reduced programs, hours, staff, and locations. Possible branch closings are, as stated above, not out of the question.
What can be done?
First and foremost, the Library is seeking community participation in determining the future direction of public library service to the community of Pittsburgh in a series of Town Hall Meetings. Attend if you can, and tell your friends.
• Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 – 8:30 PM
CLP – Main, Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue
• Saturday, July 18, at 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Carrick High School, Auditorium, 125 Parkfield Street
• Tuesday, July 21 at 7:00 – 8:30 PM
CCAC-Allegheny Campus, SSC Auditorium, 808 Ridge Avenue
In addition, the Library is asking that you write to your representatives urging them to restore funding for libraries to the proposed budget.
Tomorrow we will post more information on how you can help support the library.
-Amy, Bonnie, Don, Gwen, Irene, Julie, Kaarin, Leigh Anne, Lisa, Renée, Scott, Tim, Wes