Frequently Asked Questions
The District of Columbia Public Library recognizes the importance of keeping the community informed with accurate and timely information. This FAQ is designed to answer questions you may have about the changes in library hours. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the District of Columbia Public Library at email@example.com.
1. Why is there a budget shortfall?
The District’s budget is based on revenue projections from the collection of monies like property taxes (homes and businesses) and sales tax. However, the current economic climate has not yielded the anticipated revenue.
2. Didn’t the Mayor give $2 million dollars to D.C. Public Library last August? What happened to this money?
D.C. Public Library expected to receive this revenue in this quarter of the fiscal year. This revenue will not be available to be directed to the library. As a result, the library is planning to reduce open hours effective March 2nd.
3. Have the library’s hours been shortened before?
The library is open more hours now than ever before, and more than other libraries in this region. Library hours are commonly affected by economic issues.
4. How will programs and services be affected?
All library programs and activities like story times, book discussions, author talks and workshops will continue to take place.
5. What else is the D.C. Public Library doing to save money?
The D.C. Public Library is taking cost-saving measures to operate during this time in our economy. Here are some examples:
- We carefully evaluate the use patterns of books and other materials prior to making new purchases so we only buy what is needed.
- Operating on one shift saves on overtime spending.
6. How will these cuts affect the library’s budget in the future?
We are uncertain at this time.
7. Does this mean the library is under a hiring freeze?
No. Some vacancies will be filled, but most will not.