Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Detroit Public Library Commission Approves the Closure of Four Branch Libraries (cc @detroitlibrary)

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Detroit Public Library
Detroit Public Library
A.J. Funchess

Press ReleaseFor Immediate Release
Detroit Public Library Commission Approves the Closure of Four Branch Locations 
Main Library - Cass Entrance

At its meeting on November 15, 2011, the Detroit Library Commission approved the closure of four branch libraries. The libraries approved for closure, effective December 22, 2011, are as follows: 
  1. LINCOLN                  1221 E. Seven Mile/Russell
  2. MARK TWAIN           4741 Iroquois
  3. MONTEITH              14100 Kercheval/Eastlawn
  4. RICHARD                  9876 Grand River/Stoepel


In addition, the Children's Library located within the Frederick Douglass will be closed on December 22, 2011 and will be replaced by a Technology Center in the near future. Library on Wheels and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped will remain open for service.


It is the most difficult decision to close libraries especially during difficult economic times when people need their libraries the most," said Judge Edward Thomas, President of the Detroit Library Commission. "We will continue to explore solutions to minimize the impact of the closures on these communities that are affected the most."


Declining property values as well as the erosion of Detroit's population has had a significant impact on the library's budget. The library is funded through a dedicated property tax millage approved by the citizens of Detroit. Over the last three years, the Detroit Public Library's (DPL) revenues have declined by an average of 12% each year. It is projected that the library's annual revenues will continue to decline in the next three years.


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