The current stalemate in Harrisburg over the two requests for legislation to help the City's budget will cause 53 Library facilities to close at the end of the day Friday, October 2nd unless this legislation is passed. At stake are over 700 jobs, loss of access to information and resources including 800 public computers for Philadelphians and no place to go after school for over 80,00 students.
With almost 7 million visits annually and 22 million hits to its website, the Free Library is the most heavily used of all institutions in the city. As the largest provider of internet access in a City where 41% of homes lack web connection, the Library provides the essential link to information, jobs and resources found only on line.
It is urgent that you contact your state legislator and demand an end to this boondoggle. Philadelphia needs its libraries which are now used more than ever. Don't let the folks in Harrisburg take the libraries away! Easy access to contact information is on our website at freelibrary.org
VP, Communications and Development