Libraries From Harlem To Hollis Plagued By Leaky Roofs, Mold And More

Flooding, power outages, mold and other infrastructure problems are too common in city libraries, a report finds.

Despite a $300 million capital infusion from the recent budget, several branches in the New York, Brooklyn and Queens public library systems are still suffering, the 15-page report, “Time to Renew,” says, and the heads of the the three city library systems are requesting $150 million in next year’s city budget to address the issues.

“Buildings plagued by failing HVAC systems, cramped spaces, and overloaded electrical panels simply cannot adequately host the high-quality services that New Yorkers of all ages deserve,” the report says.

It includes detailed photos and descriptions of the problems. For example, the Countee Cullen Library in Harlem’s electrical systems are so old that the 76-year-old building has numerous power outages. The Rosedale Queens library is prone to flooding and has severe mold problems in some of its rooms, according to the report.

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