Funding for state libraries is an important issue each and every year. Libraries serve more than 2/3 of the public with less than two percent of all tax dollars. In Pennsylvania, library users have lost $50 million in state funding for library services since 2002.
Customers, Trustees, and Friends of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh are working with the libraries around the Commonwealth, the Governor and the Legislature to address and plan for adequate funding appropriations. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's second largest funding source.
The Governor's 2004-2005 Budget shows an investment of $52.6 million in the State's 625 public libraries.
This represents an increase of 10% from the previous year.
Since 2002, funding for state libraries has changed considerably. The total allocation proposed would serve all 625 state supported public libraries.
2004-2005 $52.6 million
2003-2004 $47.7 million
2002-2003 $75.3 million
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh allocation has also decreased during this same period of time.
2004-2005 $3.2 million
2003-2004 $2.9 million
2002-2003 $4.7 million
Public libraries are the first step towards literacy and learning.
Public libraries provide stable anchors in communities and serve as a place for public access of all types of information.
We need your help. Please take a moment to send your legislator an email expressing the importance of your library.
Join us on May 11 in the Main Library or one of the local branches and sign the "I Love My Library" materials.