It’s not hard to come across one city or another facing difficult budget decisions and unfortunately, one of the first items on the chopping block are often libraries. Most of us in the Bay Area whether we use a public library, an academic library or a special library have felt some loss in one way or another in terms of staff lost, days closed, hours lost or cutbacks in materials, electronic databases or services. The Alameda County Libraries have weathered several storms of late and have managed to keep most of our services intact. However, other Bay Area cities and counties have not been so lucky.
Currently the Oakland Public Library System (a city library system) is facing the possibility of some hard to believe closures. The worst case scenario being put forward is that 13 libraries will close, leaving only 4 libraries open (at three days a week). Loss of their literacy program, reduced hours of their wonderful Oakland History Room, cutbacks in materials and the loss of many electronic databases.
If you’re interested in lending your support to the Oakland Public Library System, and even moral support is appreciated by library staff, have a look at the Save the Oakland Libraries site. Like them on their Facebook page and tell your friends. For those of us who use libraries, have ever used libraries or want our kids to grow up using libraries, the more we support them, even if they are not in our own immediate area, the more likely they will stick around.
If you have heard of other libraries in jeopardy, add them to this blog so that others will know as well!