Branches of Recovery: Harnessing Public Libraries to Rebuild a More Equitable City
On November 30th, the Center for an Urban Future held a policy symposium that explored how to unlock the full potential of New York's branch libraries—and make them a centerpiece of the social infrastructure needed to cultivate an inclusive recovery and build a more equitable city.
Few institutions are better positioned than New York's public libraries to help make progress toward a more equitable city. The city's 217 branch libraries are already helping New Yorkers access opportunity in so many critical areas, from expanding access to early education and closing the digital divide to strengthening minority-owned businesses and bolstering the language, literacy, and technology skills needed to access the good jobs of tomorrow. Too often, however, they are doing so with limited resources and meeting only a fraction of the demand. This solutions-focused symposium explored how to unlock the full potential of New York's branch libraries—and make them a centerpiece of the social infrastructure needed to cultivate an inclusive recovery and build a more equitable city.
Please click here to view the full replay of the event, or check out direct links below to the many individual segments of the event.
Gesille Dixon, Senior Director of Branch Programs and Services, New York Public Library Video
This symposium is made possible through generous support from the Charles H. Revson Foundation. We are also grateful for general support from The Clark Foundation, the Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation, the Altman Foundation, and ongoing support from a number of other philanthropic funders.