Carnegie Library releases Update to the Community
For the past seven months Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the community have been working together to find options for sustainability.
Last week, Library officials released the second in a series of Community Updates to keep all community members apprised of important milestones and progress made toward the long-term financial and operational heath of the system.
The August update, available on the Library's Web site (www.carnegielibrary.org/progress), includes a progress report on these initiatives, including state funding cuts, the library's 2011 budget request to the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD), the library's Public Private Task Force and Community Conversation process, details of the Library's 2009 and 2010 operating expenses and current fundraising and advocacy measures.
In 2009 the library projected a $5 million deficit by 2014 and presented an Action Plan to the community, which included increases in fines, fees and fundraising; reductions in library services and staffing, as well as branch consolidations and closures. Due to one-time stop-gap funding from the City of Pittsburgh, major portions of that Action Plan are currently on hold until January 2011 as the library works to find long-term dedicated funding.
The library is committed to ongoing dialog and information sharing with the community. Additional Community Updates are planned as the library works to close the gap between increasing costs and declining revenues.
Those interested in learning more about Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and how they can help protect Pittsburgh's library system may view the Community Update at www.carnegielibrary.org/progress.