Friday, April 9, 2010

Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Considers Branch Closings

Central Library (Photo source:  Wikipedia)

Link to April 8 IndyStar article, "Library cuts may close Glendale, 5 other branches".  (via Resource Shelf)

Excerpt:  The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library could close as many as six branches this year.

Closing those branches and laying off workers would turn a budget deficit into a slight surplus, according to a report presented on Thursday to a committee of the library board.

A proposal released today by the board's finance committee calls for closing the
Glendale, Brightwood, Flanner House, Fountain Square, Spades Park [one of two remaining Carnegie libraries in the system] and West Indianapolis [first total self-check branch: 2004] branches to eliminate a budget deficit. The library has 22 branches plus the Downtown's Central Library, which opened in a new building in December 2007, and 700 employees.

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