Friday, March 11, 2011

New Haven Free Public Library Cuts Hours, Eliminates Interlibrary Loan

New Haven Library branch hours cut back. (New Haven Register, 3/7/2011)

Excerpt: The city has turned another page in the quest to close its budget deficit: Hours of the New Haven Free Public Library branches will be cut, and all interlibrary lending of books will cease.

“I am disheartened beyond belief that the state of the city budget can no longer sustain the current structure of public library services,” City Librarian and Executive Director Christopher Korenowsky said in a statement.

In the statement, Korenowsky said when he moved to the city in October, he intended to increase the number of hours at all of the library’s branches.

“Today, all departments of the city are going to feel the impact of this economy and the public library is not exempt from that reality,” he said

Materials will still be shared among the library branches -- but with other libraries and library systems.

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