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City’s Libraries Say New Gov’t Policies are Squeezing Their Budgets

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Wally Gobetz

The New York City Public Library’s Port Richmond Branch on Staten Island.

New York City’s libraries warn they might have to cut hours or close branches if the city doesn’t boost funding to keep up with labor costs—especially new employee benefits like a higher minimum wage and paid family leave.

It’s not just workers who are costing more, library officials say: Books are only becoming more popular as the systems’ attendance grows, but they

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