Magazine article American Libraries

Survival Uncertain for Minneapolis Branches

Magazine article American Libraries

Survival Uncertain for Minneapolis Branches

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Several branches of the Minneapolis Public Library are facing potential closure as the library board of trustees evaluates its 2007 budget and three-year plan. Among the libraries facing termination is the Southeast Community Library, which avoided a similar fate in 2003 (AL, Apr. 2003, p. 18).

Despite a referendum in 2000 that allocated $140 million to capital improvements (AL, Dec. 2000, p. 12), the library system has yet to recover from cuts of $2 million in local government aid and state funding in 2003. At a September 7 meeting, the board established four new budget scenarios, two of which involve the closing of multiple branches. In addition to Southeast Community Library, both the Roosevelt and Webber Park branches are in danger.

Minneapolis Public Library director Kit Hadley told American Libraries that the three libraries were singled out because of their small sizes, absence of accessible community meeting rooms, historically low usage patterns, and the lack of recent renovations. …

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