This Sunday, November 26th, is the last time New Yorkers can come to New York public library. From next week, branches will stop working on Sunday. This includes the flagship library at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, according to CBS News.
This comes as a result of budget cuts that Mayor Eric Adams announced earlier this month that affected all city agencies. Many New Yorkers had mixed reactions to the news.
"I think it's a shame because a lot of people can only come on the weekends, and it's an invaluable service," said poet Garrett Buhl Robinson.
Many said they were disappointed by the decision. “My understanding is that the city has a limited budget for everything,” one man added.
The reason for the budget cuts, according to the mayor, is the end of federal aid due to Covid-19, as well as the costs associated with the migrant crisis in the city.
Public libraries affected by Sunday closures
- Jefferson Market Library
- Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)
- Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
- Washington Heights Library