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Candlelight Vigil for Sunday Library Service

New York City's Mayor Adams' budget cuts impair the library services, particularly impacting working families, children, seniors and those in need. The discontinuation of Sunday library services disproportionately affects these groups who depend on these resources. Residents are encouraged to gather on December 17th to challenge these cuts and advocate for the restoration of essential library services.

Check out the NYC Candidate Questionnaire!

Urban Librarians Unite sent a library focused political questionnaire to all candidates running for New York City political office in 2021, including for Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, Borough President, and 51 City Council seats. We are please to share that over 100 candidates returned the questionnaire, and the responses are now available on our website. … Continue reading Check out the NYC Candidate Questionnaire!

Library Worker Vaccine Distribution Statement

Urban Librarians Unite is in support of the inclusion of all library workers in public libraries in state and local Phase 1b vaccine distribution plans. Including library workers will protect library staff and help minimize risks to library users and visitors. Libraries are community hubs that are still serving our communities throughout the pandemic, any delay in inoculating librarians and library workers will continue to expose our colleagues to unnecessary risk and delay the reopening of our treasured institutions.

NYC Library Budget Advocacy and You

It's a difficult time for library advocacy Physical library buildings are closed, local budgets are heavily impacted by a lack of revenue, and while the NYC Library budget is largely flat, the future is uncertain. As the Covid-19 pandemic drags on, continued revenue shortages may make libraries a tempting target for budget cuts which could … Continue reading NYC Library Budget Advocacy and You