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.
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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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