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Citizens Defending Libraries urges de Blasio administration to help the Brooklyn Public Library pay for $300 million in repairs for leaky roofs and crumbling interiors

“Save the air conditioner, save the branch. A civic group wants the city to bail out the cash-strapped Brooklyn Public Library system, which is mired in $300 million in repair needs — from leaky roofing to crumbling walls. Citizens Defending Libraries will gather outside a Grand Army Plaza board meeting Tuesday to urge the de Blasio administration to pay for costly repairs, including a $3.5 million air conditioning unit at a Brooklyn Heights branch.” (via NY Daily News)

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Brooklyn Public Library researchers fielded 3.5 million inquiries in 2013

“Did an elephant really swim from Brooklyn to Staten Island? That was one of the 3.5 million often funny and poignant questions visitors to 60 Brooklyn Public Library branches had for 100 research librarians in 2013, records show. Despite the advent of online search engines, the number of library queries rose by 10% last year — the highest since at least 2009, according to new BPL data.” (via NY Daily News)

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Book thieves stole 70,144 books from the Brooklyn Public Library in 2012

“Book thieves checked out but never returned 70,144 books from Brooklyn Public Library’s 60 cash-strapped branches in 2012, records show. GED prep guides, nursing and other professional exam cliff notes were high on the list of frequently filched books — but so too were graphic novels, library officials said. “Those are always going missing,” a librarian at the Brooklyn Heights branch told the Daily News Thursday.” (via NY Daily News)

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Brooklyn Public Library hauls in $1.6 million in overdue fines–but $300M in repairs await

“This fine news isn’t enough to help fund much-needed repairs at the cash-strapped Brooklyn Public Library.The library hauled in $1.6 million in fines in 2013, but that’s chump change for a system that needs $300 million dollars in restoration work.The fines were also slightly down from the $1.9 million collected in 2012. That’s in part due to an increase in e-books, which automatically disappear from the digital devices on their due date.Still, library officials said last year’s total was about right.” (via NY Daily News)

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Budgets Challenge Libraries, a ‘Point of Integration’ for Immigrants

“You can always tell what time of year it is by the array of books that greet visitors to the Sheepshead Bay branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. These days, volumes on women’s suffrage, the Constitution and democracy occupy a place of honor in anticipation of Election Day. “We have educational talks to remind the community about the privilege of voting,” said Svetlana Negrimovskaya, the branch supervisor. “We explain to them how so many people went through hardship to get the right to vote.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Dozens of cash-strapped Brooklyn Public Library branches are in disrepair

“The coffers are so drained at the Brooklyn Public Library that eight branches with busted air conditioners were forced to shut down on one scorching day earlier this month. Three of those branches double as city-designated cooling centers, where seniors and others are instructed to chill out during the summer’s most unbearable stretches. They are part of a growing list of 60 libraries in the system — including the central branch — that require a total of $300 million in repairs for crumbling roofs, broken boilers and aging computers and furniture.” (via NY Daily News)

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Brooklyn Public Library rolling in the overdue fines — but $250M in repairs await

“Here’s some overdue news: The Brooklyn Public Library hauled in a whopping $1.9 million in fines last year — but it’s just a petty cash for a system needing $250 million in restoration work.The fines represent a 20% jump from the $1.5 million hauled in 2008 — and include a big boost from an online payment option unveiled in 2009, but not widely used until this year, the records show.” (via NY Daily News)

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At Brooklyn Library’s New Center, Books Are Secondary

“The young couple burst through the great bronze doors of the main Brooklyn Public Library 15 minutes before closing time one recent Sunday with an unusual request: Was there somewhere they could recite their vows? It was a blustery day, and the two — a military man and his fiancée, according to librarians — wanted a place they could finish their nuptials away from the chill at Grand Army Plaza. Fortunately, the library had not long before opened a $3.25 million addition to its central branch, complete with conference rooms available to anyone with an adult library card. Librarians showed the couple to Room 5, the lack of a reservation notwithstanding.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Saving Schools and Libraries by Giving Up the Land They Sit On

“The Brooklyn Heights library is neither the oldest nor the most dilapidated branch of the Brooklyn Public Library system. But the 52-year-old limestone building is nonetheless ripe for demolition. It sits on land that developers crave, in a fashionable neighborhood where housing is in high demand. And so the library system, desperate for money to pay for $230 million in long-deferred repairs for its 60 branches, has embraced a novel financing model that is increasingly being used around New York City as a way to pay for government services.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Five Brooklyn libraries hit hard by Sandy still closed –  and will cost $10 million for building repairs and books

“Five Brooklyn libraries severely damaged by Sandy are still shuttered nearly a month after the storm – and will cost unprecedented millions to get back up and running. “We were hurt,” said Brooklyn Public Library VP of strategic planning Jeanette Moy. “But we are leveraging every asset we have and every partnership that’s possible to bring services back to the community.” The repairs will cost an estimated $10 million in total, BPL officials said. That includes massive structural repairs and replacing 75,852 books, magazines and DVDs that were ruined by flood waters.”

via NY Daily News

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