Loss of State Funds Prompts Service Reductions
Changes Effective July 1
PITTSBURGH, June 26, 2003 -- The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh announced the details of the service reductions that will be required as a result of the State budget for the 2004 fiscal year.
The State of Pennsylvania is Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's second largest funding source. The State's 2003-2004 Budget reduces funding for public libraries by 50 percent. For the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh this will result in a reduction of $2.4 million in operating funds for the year beginning July 1.
"While we are hopeful that some or all of the funding will be restored in a supplemental budget to be considered shortly by the Legislature, we have no choice but to act on the basis of the budget that will go into effect on July 1. It is the only financially responsible course of action," said Library Director, Herb Elish.
"We regret the impact these reductions will have on our 2.2 million customers. If a supplemental budget is passed restoring some or all of our funding, we will act promptly to restore service to the greatest extent possible," Elish said.
The service reductions will be as follows: (effective July 1, 2003)
- New hours of operation for all locations reflecting an average reduction of 21%. The Main Library in Oakland and the Squirrel Hill Library will no longer be open on Sunday.
- Spending on new materials such as books, videos, books on tape and DVDs will be reduced by 10 %.
- Fees will now be charged for a substantial number of our computer classes.
- All outreach programming such as visits to schools, day care centers, Head Start locations and senior citizens centers, with the exception of grant-funded programs, will be suspended.
A detailed list of the new hours of operation is available online at www.carnegielibrary.org/about/hours.html.