Center for Urban Future Releases Report on NYC Library Trends
A new report from Manhattan-based policy think tank Center for Urban Future reviews trends in New York City libraries. Called “Branches of Opportunity,” the report pays particular attention to circulation, program attendance, program sessions, attendance hours, and city funding to show that while use of New York City public libraries increases, policymakers are choosing to support the city libraries less. New York City libraries programs are among the most popular in the country, and yet city operating funds for libraries have decreased by 68 million dollars since 2008.
The 52-page report not only analyzes library use to illustrate recent trends, but also projects the potential for growth with changing technologies and under different financial conditions.